MST-PSB Research Trial - Spring Newsletter

11th April 2017
The STEPS-B trial team are pleased to announce that the study has finished recruitment and they are now in follow-up until Summer 2018!
Click here to read the STEPS-B newsletter for more details about the research project.

Scottish teams join the MST UK network!

6th April 2017

Four teams - two from Edinburgh and two from Fife - have been improving outcomes for families with children on the edge of care and police custody for a number of years and we are looking forward to working together to help more young people and their families across the UK.


Invitation to Tender for pan London SIB now open!

3rd April 2017
The invitation to tender for the Tower Hamlets led procurement of a Social Impact Bond funded service for MST and FFT to prevent adolescents entering the care system, is now published.

Multisystemic Therapy Brings Family Back Together

16th March 2017

This mother had lost all hope, but then she met her MST therapist, Lauren Skeels (MST Therapist at the Northamptonshire South team)

MST-UK film now available to view!

10th March 2017

Please click here to view the short film about MST in the UK

NICE Guidance on Child Abuse and Neglect - consultation open

3rd March 2017

You can now review and comment on this draft guideline - for more information, please visit the NICE website.

The consultation closes on 19 April 2017 at 5pm.


Children in UK's poorest areas 10 times more likely to go into care

28 February 2017

Study finds one in 60 children taken into care in most deprived areas compared with one in 660 in the wealthiest.

The relationship between poverty, child abuse and neglect: an evidence review

28th February 2017
By Paul Bywaters, Lisa Bunting, Gavin Davidson, Jennifer Hanratty, Will Mason, Claire McCartan and Nicole Steils
This report examines evidence on two key aspects of the relationship between poverty and child abuse and neglect: how poverty affects a child’s chance of being abused or neglected, and the impact abuse or neglect in childhood has on poverty in adult life.

Early life deprivation, neurodevelopment, mental health and resilience: ERA study

27 February 2017

The English and Romanian Adoptee (ERA) project is a longitudinal, multi-method investigation, initially led by Michael Rutter (Rutter et al, 2007). The Lancet has now published a follow-up study of this work (Sonuga-Barke et al, 2017), which presents data from this same cohort of Romanian children but now in their young adulthood (22-25 years). 

Improving mental health and emotional wellbeing support for children and young people in care.

8th February 2017

The Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE) has been commissioned by the Department of Health to manage an ambitious project to improve the experiences of looked after children and young people, care leavers and children adopted from care with mental health and wellbeing difficulties.

The overall aim of the project is to ensure that the emotional wellbeing and mental health needs of children and young people in care, those adopted from care or under a Special Guardianship Order (SGO), and care leavers are better met.

Call out for applications to the Life Chances Fund January 2017

4th January 2017

The Life Chances Fund (LCF) will be open for Expressions of Interest to develop Social Impact Bonds in the themes of early years and young people from 4 January 2017.

May calls for revolution in child mental health care

9th January 2017

Prime Minister Theresa May has outlined a string of measures aimed at reducing the stigma around mental illness, and has announced that every school will have mental health first aid training in a bid to catch problems early.

“We know mental illness too often starts in childhood and, left untreated, can blight lives.”

Review of the Youth Justice System in England and Wales

12th December 2016

In September 2015 Charlie Taylor was asked to lead a departmental review of the youth justice system for the Ministry of Justice.

The Taylor Review makes recommendations for extensive reform of the youth justice system covering devolution, courts, sentencing and custody.

The government’s response supports many of the principles of The Taylor Review and sets out the intention to review the governance of the system, improve the way we tackle youth offending and put education and health at the heart of youth custody.

Call for evidence & stakeholder events - deadline extended to 31st January

22nd December 2016



The Department of Health and Department for Education have established an Expert Working Group – supported by the Social Care Institute for Excellence - to develop models of care and care pathways to support the mental health and wellbeing of looked after children and care leavers.

You are invited to submit evidence and/or register for a stakeholder event.

Call for evidence

MST FIT training begins in Reading

13th December 2016

MST Family Integrated Transition (FIT) is an adaptation of MST for children aged 11-17 who have been placed in residential care services or foster care and are returning home. The overall aims of MST FIT is to increase the success rate of the transition back home and to improve the outcomes for the young person. In addition to this, MST FIT improves the skills of residential care staff and foster carers.

For more information about MST FIT, please visit the MST Adaptations webpage

Child Maltreatment: New Frontiers in Research and Practice at the Anna Freud Centre

7th December 2016

The conference provided clinicians and researchers with a unique overview of recent advances in research and practice in the field of childhood maltreatment. 

The speakers, including Tracey Kayne, Supervisor of the MST CAN team in Leeds (pictured), are experts in psychological treatment, social care, neuroscience and policy. They reviewed the emerging evidence and considered:

MST outcomes data remains strong in 2015

5th December 2016

With 2016 drawing to a close, the Multisystemic Therapy (MST) 2015 outcome data is in. And the numbers look good. 

As an evidence based programme that works to keep at-risk young people out of trouble, at home and in school, achieving our goals is bigger than the MST organisation. Meeting our goals means helping children and families across the world live healthier, more productive lives.


'Evidence Into Real World Practice in Children's Services: Creativity and Innovation in Challenging Times'

1st December 2016
We would like to say a big thank you to the speakers and to everyone who contributed to the recent NIS seminars!
A special thanks also goes out to the families, fosters cares and young people who contributed to the NIS film and the seminar workshops.
The following plenary presentations are now available in the MST Library:
Leeds Seminar - 4th November

Northamptonshire County Council shortlisted for three national awards

23rd November 2016

Northamptonshire County Council has been shortlisted for three prestigious national awards in recognition of its drive to transform public services, its high-quality children’s homes and its work to recruit foster carers.

The council’s Next Generation Council model has been chosen as finalist in the Most Innovative Service Delivery Model category of the Local Government Chronicle (LGC) Awards, and its work with care leavers through its residential homes has been shortlisted in the children’s services category.

The school for written-off children, with a headteacher that doesn’t believe in naughty kids

17th November 2016

Excluded from mainstream schools, often the victims of extreme neglect, pupils at Gloucester House primary have finally found somewhere they can learn. As the doors are opened to TV cameras, Lena Corner pays a visit to a remarkable place

To read the full article, please visit the i News website