11 October 2011

Northamptonshire County Council has approved plans for a scheme to keep challenging young people out of care or custody through intensive family support

A meeting of the council’s cabinet today (TUE 11 OCT) gave the go-ahead for a contract to be awarded for the delivery of a multi-systemic therapy service (MST) for the county.

Councillor Andrew Grant, cabinet member for children, earning and skills, said: “We have refocused our social care services to place greater emphasis on preventative and early intervention services so that we can target money and resources at people and families in most need and where we can make the most difference.

“By commissioning this intensive therapy service, we will be able to target young people with complex needs who are either at risk of entering the care system or receiving a custodial sentence.”

Multi-systemic Therapy revolves around improving parenting capacity, increasing young people's engagement with education and training, reducing their offending behaviour, and tackling underlying health or mental health problems, including substance misuse.

It is used with children and young people aged 11-17 years and their families, where young people are at risk of out of home placement in either care or custody, due to challenging and aggressive behaviour and anti-social attitudes.

The four year programme will be funded through a combination of government grant of £696,000 and council investment of £474,000.