Media & resources

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.”
Government plans will see 1,200 secondary schools - equivalent to one in three - offered mental health first aid training this year, with support for the remainder rolled out by the end of 2019. Staff will be offered guidance on how to identify and help children who are suffering from depression and anxiety, with training to also offer support on identifying youngsters at risk of self-harm and suicide. Other measures to be announced include the tightening of anti-discrimination laws to give those with mental illness greater protection against losing their job or facing disciplinary action, and a £15m investment in “crisis cafés” and community clinics so that sufferers do not have to visit their GP or A&E department.
Click here for more details about this announcement.
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.
MST Sandwell featured on BBC Midlands Today
To view the news article please visit the Midlands Today Facebook page (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.
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.
Half of all mental health nurses working with troubled young people say child and adolescent mental health services (Camhs) are inadequate and another 20% say they are highly inadequate, according to a poll undertaken by the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) for the Guardian. Only 13% believe they are good or very good, while the rest say they are adequate.
Please visit the Guardian website to read the full article.
I'm Broken Inside: Sara's Story
Sara Green was a teenager betrayed by a mental health system designed to protect her. Using Sara's own words taken from her diary, Panorama reveals the failings of a Priory hospital where she was an inpatient and where she took her own life in a misjudged cry for help. Peter Marshall asks what lessons can be drawn from Sara's story and what can be done to fix the country's broken child and adolescent mental health system.
International Innovation Article
Family-based solutions for child abuse and neglect. By Cynthia Cupit Swenson; Cindy Schaeffer
How good is the social care sector at building an evidence base?
‘Being evidence-informed isn’t a luxury bolt on to working in social care. It is at the heart of delivering good quality social care’
Guardian - Tuesday 7th July
The National Implementation Research Network's Active Implementation Hub - an online resource for implementation science
Useful UK documents on substance misuse
Early interventions to stop young people going off the rails could save £1.7bn a year, say leading charities
Click here to read the article
Multisystemic Therapy Helps Families Identify Teen "Safe Houses" in UK
Posted by Moira Lamond & Stephanie Schutte (MST Supervisors) 1st April 2015
Click here to read their article
Finding the Right FIT for Mum and Son With Multisystemic Therapy
By Emma Lowe (MST Therapist) 26th March 2015
Click here to read the blog
Youth Adopting Legal Highs Change Face of Drug Misue in UK
Posted by Colette Beatson and John Cooper, 11th February 2015
Click here to read their article.
Children and Young People’s Mental Health and Well-Being Taskforce
14th October 2014
The Care and Support Minister, Norman Lamb, has launched the Children and Young People’s Mental Health and Well-Being Taskforce. The Taskforce will focus on innovative solutions that that improve outcomes for children and young people’s mental health and well-being.  It will look at how to improve the way children's mental health services are organised, commissioned and provided and how to make it easier for young people to access help and support across the sectors, including in schools, through voluntary organisations and online. The Taskforce will publish its findings next spring. For more details please click here.
National evaluation of the Troubled Families programme
22nd July 2014
This independently compiled report summarises the early findings from the data submitted by local authorities as part of the first round of submissions for the family monitoring data element of the national evaluation of the Troubled Families programme. It outlines the evidence from the first batch of data on families working with a local troubled families intervention worker from the start of the programme (April 2012) to the end of December 2013.
Early Intervention Foundation Guidebook
21st July 2014
The Guidebook can now be found online at:
Click here to view the MST section.
Forensic Practice in the Community- published 18th July 2014
Edited by Zoë Ashmore, Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust and Richard Shuker, HM Prison Grendon, UK.
Forensic practice in the community is a neglected subject. There are many books looking at forensic work in secure settings, such as prisons or hospitals, but very little has been written about forensic practice in the community. This book describes the current and exciting developments in this area, for both young people and adults, by leaders in their field.
Report published on in-patient (tier4) provision in England on the NHS England website.

10th July 2014
Community Care Article
'Improving our response to children who display sexually harmful behaviour’
18th June 2014
Rory Patterson and Jessie Greisbach explain the steps Southwark Council has taken to boost support for children and social workers:
Multisystemic Therapy as an Intervention for Young People on the Edge of Care
British Journal of Social Work Advance Access - published May 28th 2014.
Simone Fox and Zoe Ashmore
MST Leicester - Case Study
7th April 2014
This short film shows an MST therapist talking about a family he has worked with:

NICE launches guidance on anti social behaviour and conduct disorders.
27th March 2013
On Wednesday 27th March, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) issued the clinical guidelines, Antisocial behaviour and conduct disorders in children and young people: recognition, intervention and management. This updates and replaces 'Parent-training/education programmes in the management of children with conduct disorder' (NICE technology appraisal guidance 102, published June 2006).
Early Intervention Foundation
7th March 2014
Graham Allen MP and Chair of the Early Intervention Foundation published two reports about early intervention in January 2011, which can be found in the resources section. Please follow this link to view a short introductory video: 
Finding the King!
24th February 2014
Click here to read Sarah Whittle's blog about MST Leicester and the discovery of King Richard III's remains in a car park next to the team's office.
Good Deals 2013 SIB Case Study: MST Essex
19th February 2014
The MST service in Essex is a partnership between Action for Children, Essex County Council and Social Finance UK.  Please follow this link to view a short video about the service:
Brandon Centre MST film
20th December 2013
Please enjoy this short video on MST produced by the Brandon Centre, London:
MST Cheshire wins 'Partner of the Year' award
13th December 2013
The MST Cheshire team were awarded  ‘Partner of the Year’ from Cheshire East Youth Engagement Service! Congratulations and well done for all of your efforts and hard work over the year which has contributed to positive joint working with the Youth Offending Team and Youth prevention Team.
Better data will help early intervention teams protect vulnerable children
Professionals can't build the case for early intervention if they don't have the data. Jonathan Godwin
5th December 2013
Mental health Foundation update
Overlooked and forgotten: children and young people’s mental health neglected by local authorities
3rd December 2013
The Children & Young People’s Mental Health Coalition reveals a concerning new finding that 2 in 3 joint strategic needs assessments do not specifically address children and young people’s mental health. Read more
Guardian article about Social Impact Bonds
6th November 2013
"We weren't achieving potential before social impact bond, says charity
The head of community services at a charity working with ex-offenders says the organisation has detected clear trends among clients who were 'drifting off' from its service"
THINK Family Partnership Event, Leicester
30th October 2013
Department for Education - Looked-after children: improving permanence data pack
9th September 2013
The only way is Essex, as council lays foundations for social impact bonds
Momentum is growing for SIBs but investors should be cautious. Dan Corry and Marianne Atterbury
11th June 2013
Opportunities to stop girls drifting into gangs are being missed, study finds
Effective early intervention can support those at risk of joining gangs to build better lives. Lorraine Khan
21st May 2013
International acclaim for family support in Trafford
7th May 2013
Last month saw Trafford’s Multi Systemic Therapy team (MST) awarded the prestigious ‘Whatever it Takes’ International Team of the Year award at the MST international conference in South Carolina, America. Read more about this story.
MST Belfast awards
The team received three awards in recognition of high levels of model adherence by a Therapist - Jenny Taylor - and the team as a whole.  There was also an award for Supervisor of Team Adherence for Gerard Stuart.
The ESSY awards for Team Adherence and Therapist Adherence are presented annually, and reflect sustained levels of performance in relation to model adherence.  The awards are based on feedback from families about their experience with MST and are presented to those teams and therapists that rank in the top 1% among their peers.
MST Merton, Sutton & Kingston - Health Service Journal 2012 Award for Improved Partnerships between Health and Local Government winners!
21st November 2012
For more information about the HSJ awards please visit