Government to trial 'Staying Close' scheme for children leaving residential care

4th July 2016

The government is to pilot a scheme to enable young people leaving residential care to live near to, and retain links with, their children's homes.

Called Staying Close, the scheme stops short of offering those in residential care the same right to stay in care until they are 21 as those in foster care receive under Staying Put arrangements.

Find out more about ways of funding an MST team

16th June 2016

Please visit Funding Central for a range of information about grants, contracts and loans

Success of Evidence-Based Programmes Depends on Fidelity

Posted by Julie Revaz, 17th May 2016

If you want a successful EBP, don’t improvise

Congratulations. You have made the choice to implement an evidence-based programme (EBP) in your community. It’s a wise and fiscally responsible choice since only EBPs deliver proven and predictable outcomes.

Celebrating success of MST in Manchester

St Thomas Centre, Ardwick Green North, Manchester, M12 6FZ
Action for Children held a half day conference showcasing the success of MST in Manchester.  For more details please visit the Action for Chidlren website:

UK Judge Praises Multisystemic Therapy

Posted by Zoe Ashmore, MST Expert and Lloyd McDonald, MST Supervisor on May 3, 2016

Evidence-based intervention keeps girl at home

Everyone was afraid that the young person would have to be taken into care. Chloe was not attending school. She was using drugs and staying out all night. Recently, she had ended up in the hospital after a night of drinking and drugs. Her caregiver was at her wit's end. But as luck would have it, she and Chloe were about to be referred to a brand-new program in their community—Multisystemic Therapy (MST).

Multisystemic Therapy Adaptation Helps Families Overcome Most Difficult Obstacles

By Joanne Penman, MST Services (5th April 2016)

MST-CAN and MST-BSF are helping families with exceptionally complex and difficult problems

A Mother Expresses Her Gratitude for Multisystemic Therapy

By Dr. Philip Reynolds, Consultant Clinical Psychologist and MST Supervisor, Cambridgeshire & Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust


Ms. Anderson wrote a letter to express her appreciation. Here is an excerpt from that letter:

Referring to MST: An Easy Choice for a UK Social Worker

By Tracey D., Social Worker (5th February 2016)

A difficult case with few good options

He and his family were on my caseload. He was on my mind. He had previously been a “looked-after child” [in foster care] and was now at risk for becoming one again. The boy was displaying several behavioural problems—increasingly becoming involved in gangs and drugs. He had been stabbed, and his whole family was concerned about his safety and well-being. His stepfather was isolating him from other family members, and the parents were constantly arguing.

Kicking the habit: How MST is helping young people give up drugs

By Eileen Fursland 16th February 2016

To read the full article please visit: Children & Young People Now

International Innovation Article

28th January 2016
Drs Cynthia Cupit Swenson and Cindy Schaeffer are developing evidence-based methods for delivering support to families who have experienced child abuse, neglect or substance abuse. In the article - Family-based solutions for child abuse and neglect - they discuss their motivations and work to date

What is MST Like: A Child's Perspective

Kieran Lord, MST Supervisor Leeds City Council, UK and Sarah Gilbert, MST Therapist, Trafford MST Team

A child talks about his experience with Multisystemic Therapy

Capturing the voice of the young person is often difficult in MST, but it is a critical part of the story that begs to be told. Community stakeholders and families alike often ask, “What about the young person? How does this program impact his or her life?” During a recent event, the Trafford MST team in the UK found a unique way to bring the voice of the young person to life.

Every school will have a mental health champion

3rd December 2015

The Times (Rosemary Bennett) reports that schools will have a mental health champion appointed to them to identify and treat children suffering from anxiety, depression or other mental health issues. Over 250 schools have agreed to the trial with a teacher, nurse or teaching assistant to be selected to act as the “point of contact.” That person will work with their local NHS children’s mental health service and aim to get the correct treatment for a child.

STEP Change team update

The STEPs B trial is continuing to March 2016 and has spaces for referrals

14th September 2015

STEPS-B (Services for Teens Engaging in Problem Sexual Behaviour) is a research study investigating a form of intervention for young people and their families where young people are displaying problem sexual behaviour. These young people may also be having difficulties at home, at school and sometimes with the law.

North Yorkshire and Sandwell & Dudley teams up and running!

10th July 2015

Two new MST teams in North Yorkshire and Sandwell & Dudley have successfully completed their training and are ready to take referrals.

Social Impact Bonds Help MST Make Impact in Essex

10th July 2015

Click here to read the update from Tim Bryson, Essex SIB Director



Intensive ways of working with children on the edge of care are worth the expense, says Action for Children

By Luke Stevenson on June 4, 2015 in Children & Family support

A charity has praised the “reliability” of outcomes from two models developed in North America that requires intense work with families and vulnerable children.

Action for Children, in its annual ‘Impact Report’ published this week, praised the Functional Family Therapy (FFT) and multi-systemic therapy (MST) methods it is using to work with children.

Early interventions to stop young people going off the rails could save £1.7bn a year, say leading charities

The Independent Tuesday 5th May 2015

Click here to read the article by Sarah Cassidy, Education Correspondent at The Independent


Future in mind: Promoting, protecting and improving our children and young people’s mental health and wellbeing

17 March 2015

Poor mental health is the largest cause of disability in the UK. It’s also closely connected with other problems, including poor physical health and problems in other areas like relationships, education and work prospects. If we want to improve these aspects of people’s lives, we’ll need to make improvements to mental health and wellbeing.

MST-FIT road test in the UK

16th January 2015

MST FIT in the UK