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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

Council backs protocol to reduce youth criminalisation

10th November 2016

Milton Keynes Council has given its support to two agreements that will ensure children in care are treated fairly if they find themselves subject to the youth justice system.

The announcement came at last night’s Cabinet meeting during which Councillor Zoe Nolan shared details of the Thames Valley Protocol and the Concordat on Detention in Police Custody.

Please visit the MK Citizen website to read the full article.

The Child & Family Clinical Psychology Review - No 4 Winter 2016

2nd November 2016

The British Psychological Society have published a review of what good could look like in integrated psychological services for children, young people and their families with preliminary guidance and examples of practice.

Click here to downlaod a copy of the review

National Implementation Service Seminars – Evidence into real world practice in Children’s Services, Creativity and Innovation in challenging times

14th October 2016
We are pleased to invite you to participate in the forthcoming NIS Seminars:
'Evidence Into Real World Practice in Children's Services: Creativity and Innovation in Challenging Times'.
Leeds on 4th November & Birmingham on 9th November 2016.

Scrapping red tape or safeguards? The fight for the future of children’s services

13th October 2016

Whether you see it as a battle to bust bureaucracy or defend children’s rights, the fate of ‘innovation’ proposals in the Children and Social Work Bill will shape how services work in the future. Andy McNicoll reports.

Please visit the Community Care website to read the full artcle.

MST Sandwell featured on BBC Midlands Today

6th October 2016

The excellent work of the MST team in Sandwell has been heralded on BBC News which highlights the difference they are making in the lives of young people and their families.

To view the news article please visit the Midlands Today facebook page

Seven in 10 nurses say young people's mental healthcare is inadequate

By Denis Campbell, The Guardian - 4th October 2016

A poll of specialist workers finds that 20% believe services are seriously lacking, with potentially dangerous consequences

Seven out of 10 specialist nurses caring for the growing number of young people struggling with mental health problems believe that NHS services are insufficient.

MST at Children & Young People Now's Early Help Conference

28th September 2016
Early Help: Building Resilience and Evidence-based Practice
Against a backdrop of reduced financial resource and rising social need, what is the key to providing effective early help for children, young people and families in 2016 and beyond?
This is an essential national conference providing fresh thinking and the latest innovative practice from across the country.

How to Manage an ‘Unmanageable’ Child

By Eryn Mann, MST Therapist - 27th September 2016

For many years, Lara felt that she had no voice in her own home. Even though she was the mum, Lara was overwhelmed by her son Harry’s aggressive outbursts, using drugs and alcohol, and not going to school. Lara often felt she couldn't manage her 'unmanageable' child and had no choice but to call the police on Harry. This left her feeling ashamed, embarrassed and she couldn’t see her way out.

MST teams in Birmingham & Dublin now trained!

20th September 2016

Congratulations and a warm welcome to the new MST teams from Dublin and Birmingham who successfully completed last week's 5 day orientation training in Leicester.

Here is a photo of the group who all contributed to a great course!

Thanks also go out to the trainers Zoe Ashmore, Simone Fox and Lori Moore.

National Implementation Service Seminars – Evidence into real world practice in Children’s Services, Creativity and Innovation in challenging times

15th September 2016
Dear Colleague,
We are pleased to invite you to participate in the forthcoming NIS Seminars: 'Evidence Into Real World Practice in Children's Services: Creativity and Innovation in Challenging Times'.
Leeds on 4th November & Birmingham on 9th November 2016.