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The first MST team in Wales opened in May 2020.

Managing your wellbeing during Coronavirus

April 2020

MST teams are continuing to offer support during the Coronavirus outbreak. We appreciate that there is a lot of uncertainty which is causing worry and anxiety for many people. Some may have concerns about how to stay well and healthy, and not pass the virus onto vulnerable loved ones.

Government recommendations around social distancing, staying indoors, and schools closing will have an impact on us all. 

Good mental health and positive wellbeing can help you better cope with the disruption Coronavirus is creating in our lives.

Youth Endowment Fund awards MST-UK & Ireland funding to develop an enhanced version of MST

10th October 2019


Government of Ireland press release: Bail Supervision Scheme receives ICPA Community Corrections Award

Department of Children & Youth Affairs, 31st October 2019

The Bail Supervision Scheme, which was designed by the Department of Children and Youth Affairs (DCYA) and is operated by Extern, was presented with the Community Corrections Awards 2019 at the International Corrections and Prisons Association (ICPA) Conference.

The ICPA award is a “Special recognition by the Association, its members and indeed the wider correctional community for efforts and initiatives within the correctional sphere.”

From Crisis Point to Turning Point

The Rees Centre, 4th September 2019


A new report from the Rees Centre, University of Oxford, highlights the impact of Multi Systemic Therapy (MST) in helping to keep young people out of care in Essex. The evaluation looks at quantitative data collected by Essex County Council for 302 young people who received MST.

International Youth Day 2019

12th August 2019

Today is International Youth Day and the theme for 2019 is “Transforming education”

Stability Index reveals 'explosion' in number of older children in care

By David Harris, Children & Young People Now (1st August 2019)

An "explosion" in the number of older children going into care for reasons such as criminal or sexual exploitation is putting the system under pressure, the children's commissioner for England has warned.

Click here to read the full article

New children’s minister appointed in Boris Johnson reshuffle

by Alex Turner, Community Care (28th July 2019)

Kemi Badenoch, the MP for Saffron Walden, has succeeded Nadhim Zahawi as children’s minister. The appointment was made public on Saturday, 24 hours after Zahawi, who had been in post 18 months, was reshuffled to the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) by new prime minister Boris Johnson.

When Zahawi arrived in January 2018, the minister for children and families role was downgraded from minister of state to junior minister level, and it will retain this status under Badenoch.

New programme to protect children at risk of exploitation

Department for Education and The Rt Hon Damian Hinds MP (9th May 2019)

Children most at risk of being targeted by gangs or violent crime will benefit from better support from specialists across education, health, social care, police and the voluntary sector in a programme launched on Thursday 9th May by Education Secretary Damian Hinds.

NHS Supports Mental Health Awareness Week

14th May 2019
As part of #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek, the NHS has produced a range of real-life stories about people experiencing mental health difficulties, Laura’s Story is one of them.

Mental Health Awareness Week 2019

13-19th May 2019
Hosted by the Mental Health Foundation, the theme this year is Body Image – how we think and feel about our bodies.
Body image issues can affect all of us at any age. During the week we are publishing new research and campaigning for change.

Edward Timpson publishes landmark exclusions review

7th May 2019
Timpson Review makes 30 recommendations to ensure exclusions are used appropriately and Government commits to new school accountability.

NHS sleep programme ‘life changing’ for 800 Sheffield children each year

28th Apr 2019
Avoiding phones, TV and fizzy drinks part of successful programme to help families suffering severely disturbed nights.
Children with chronic sleep problems are getting several hours’ extra rest, and enjoying a boost to their mood, as a result of an innovative programme of intensive help from the NHS.

Open consultation - Serious violence: new legal duty to support multi-agency action

1st April 2019
Consultation description:

Iceland knows how to stop teen substance abuse but the rest of the world isn’t listening

A big welcome back for MST in Sheffield!

8th February 2019

About 100 staff from agencies across Sheffield attending the MST launch last Wednesday in the Town Hall. Following an informative talk from a national MST lead, there were speeches from partners (including the Police, Education and YJS). Then everyone had a go at an MST exercise with a prize for the best ‘fit’. Helen and Anna collated and answered the many questions.

Rise in children taken into care pushes 88% of councils over budget

Frances Perraudin & Niamh McIntyre, The Guardian 8th January 2019

Almost nine out of 10 local authorities in England overspent on children’s social care in the last financial year, as the rising number of children taken into care put extra pressure on budgets.

Analysis by the Guardian and the Local Government Association (LGA) found that 133 out of 152 councils (88%) responsible for children’s services overspent in 2017-18. Local authorities went over budget on children’s social care by an estimated £807m, by far the highest area of overspending in council budgets.

NHS long-term plan: Focus on prevention 'could save 500,000 lives'

By Nick Triggle, BBC Health Correspondent 7th January 2019

NHS bosses in England say a new 10-year plan could save up to 500,000 lives by focusing on prevention.

GPs, mental health and community care will get the biggest funding increases.

The aim is to curb the reliance on hospitals, which will get a smaller cut of the budget - leading some doctors to warn they were facing a "near-on impossible task."

Click here to read the full article


‘We weren’t set up to deal with this’: how councils have responded to county lines

Alex Turner, Community Care 21st December 2018

Drug dealing networks' exploitation of young people has exploded into public consciousness – but what are local authorities doing about it, and where do social workers fit in?

Click here to read the full article.

Preventing gang and youth violence: Spotting signals of risk and supporting children and young people

17th November 2018

The Early Intervention Foundation's report provides a summary of key findings from two studies into the evidence base on early intervention to prevent gang and youth violence.

Click here to find out more