Anna Freud Schools Outreach Therapy Service
The Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families’ Schools Outreach Team (SOT) is for children and young people who are struggling with a range of complex difficulties in the classroom and outside school. The service is designed to make mental health expertise accessible at the earliest possible opportunity by destigmatising crucial discussions and working with the two most influencing areas of a child’s life: the family and the school. The sessions are delivered at school by the Centre’s experienced Schools Outreach Therapists, who have expertise in delivering specialist and innovative therapeutic interventions across both Primary and Secondary settings. We currently commission, with generous funding from the William Shelton Educational charity, a half day per week support from the service. Referrals are made in discussion and agreement with parents and teachers.
The team consists of Family Therapists, Clinical Psychologists and Child Psychotherapists who all have experience of working in schools. The aim of the service is to support children and young people to improve the difficulties they have with their learning due to behavioural or mental health related issues.
The types of work the team delivers includes individual therapy sessions with children, individual therapy sessions with a family and group therapy with eight to ten families (multi-family groups), which are a specialist service of the Centre. When working with each child and family, the team are mindful of the role of wider networks, family and school context, individual characteristics, motivation and goals