• Celebrating Black History Month 2023     Natalie Wilmot, Office Manager and Training Coordinator, reflects on what Black History month means to her and the black...
  • 10 years of MST in Leicester We congratulate Leicester City Council on ten years of MST practice! We were thrilled to be able to join them in their celebrations in...
  • Croesco to North East Wales The first MST Family Integrated Transitions team (MST-FIT) in Wales! The team will deliver MST FIT across two local authorities, Wrexham...

Treating Young Sex Offenders with MST

By Denise Whetzel, MST-PSB Consultant & Sarah Reeves, MST-PSB Supervisor, 22nd August 2017

MST for Problem Sexual Behavior works with young people engaging in inappropriate sexual behaviour

The sexual behaviour of young people is often difficult to fathom, even more so when that behaviour harms someone else. Estimates suggest that nearly a quarter of reported cases of child sexual abuse are committed by an individual younger than 18. Victims are often younger than the perpetrator and known to them, either as a family member or family friend.

Research published from MST for Problem Sexual Behaviour (MST-PSB) trial

7th August 2017
The STEPs-B research team are pleased to announce that the findings from the STEPS-B trial have recently been published by the Department for Education.

EIF newsletter: Innovation & evaluation, social care, youth & gangs

28th July 2017

This month's EIF newsletter includes a case study on MST in Manchester, click here to read more about Manchester's story...


An independent evaluation of the feasibility of using MST FIT in the UK has now been published!

6th July 2017

Multisystemic therapy for family integrated transitions (MST-FIT) helps young people aged 11 to 17 return to the family home from residential care.

The study aimed to:

  • identify the issues in implementing MST-FIT
  • determine whether it is a feasible intervention
  • identify other groups for whom it may be suitable

Click here to read the report

Understanding Cultural Differences to Achieve Success with MST

20th June 2017
When a therapist gets a new case, other professionals will sometimes warn, “there are cultural issues.” 

But what are “cultural issues”? 

I got the “cultural issues” advisory with a new case. The social worker described the girl’s poor behaviour as “very cultural.” Whatever that meant. So, alongside the usual startup work, I set out to find how her background might be driving her actions and poor choices.

A bit of background 

MST CAN in the Netherlands - a short film

From MST Services "In The Loop - Issue 2" 27th May 2017


In her own words. One mum shares her story of her MST treatment

By Kashmir Goddard, MST Therapist 23rd May 2017

Her relationship with her 14-year-old son had broken down. She argued with her own parents because they had different parenting styles, and she felt like she could no longer go to them for needed support. Most of all Mum was scared. It seemed as if it was too late to turn things around, no matter what she did. Mum was convinced that she had lost her son. She was convinced rules, consequences and rewards would only make things worse. 

What was she to do?

An insight into MST in Wigan

By Garry Blackburn, MST Supervisor 19th May 2017

An MST Champion Does Whatever it Takes 

Sometimes, it takes a leap of faith. Sometimes, it takes several.

Two years ago, Wigan (a large, former mining town in the north of England) had lots of hard-working and innovative services, but not Multisystemic Therapy (MST). Wigan took a leap of faith and commissioned its first MST team to work with complex cases on the edge of care.

MST Strives to Understand the Cultural Experience of Families

Karen (Therapist) 4th May 2017

Sometimes the key to engaging a family is knowing where they come from...

An Effective Model for Child Abuse and Neglect

27th April 2017
Just the thought of a parent becoming violent toward his or her child causes a pretty visceral reaction in many people. Most of us love and want to protect children, and the subject of child abuse and neglect makes us feel helpless and hopeless. What can be done with and for a parent who beats a child?
There’s no doubt that it’s a challenge. But there are options other than removing the child from the home.

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.