NIS programmes endorsed by SCIE

The Social Care Institute for Excellence has published their findings in relation to Models of care and care pathways to support the mental health and wellbeing of looked after children.

The NIS submitted evidence for five interventions; KEEP, TEND, RESuLT, AdOpt & TFCO.

Feedback across all NIS submissions was largely positive and reflected our commitment to both excellence and evidence in practice.

Global award for Northamptonshire social worker with 'passion, dedication and genuine kindness'

By Alastair Ulke, Northampton Chronicle & Echo, 6th June 2018
A children’s social worker at Northamptonshire County Council has won a global award for making a difference to the vulnerable families he supports.
Ibrahim Jah, who works in the safeguarding and care planning team, has brought home the Multi-Systemic Therapy Whatever It Takes Award in recognition of the way he helped a family with four children on a child protection plan.

MST Gives Mum Skills to Turn Life Around

By Colette Beatson, MST Supervisor Barnsley & Rotherham MST team, 10th May 2018

Mum went from hopeless to in control after MST therapist reinforces skills

As a Multisystemic Therapy (MST) supervisor, I always feel incredibly privileged to meet with families and hear about their experiences working with MST. It fills me with immense pride when I see the work that our therapists undertake with families to help them change their lives.

Mental Health Week 2018

14-20 May 2018

The focus of this year's Mental health week is stress. Research has shown that two thirds of us experience a mental health problem in our lifetimes, and stress is a key factor in this.

For more information about Mental Health Week, please visit the Mental Health Foundation website.


NIS Programmes included in NICE guidelines on Child Abuse & Neglect

9th October 2017
This guidance covers recognising and responding to abuse and neglect in children and young people aged under 18. It covers physical, sexual and emotional abuse, and neglect. The guidelines aim to help anyone whose work brings them into contact with children and young people to spot signs of abuse and neglect and to know how to respond. It also supports practitioners who carry out assessments and provide early help and interventions to children, young people, parents and

World Mental Health Day 2017

10th October 2017

Mental health in the workplace is the theme of World Mental Health Day 2017. The overall objective is to raise awareness of mental health issues and mobilise efforts in support of better mental health.

The Day provides an opportunity for all stakeholders working on mental health issues to talk about their work, and what more needs to be done to make mental health care a reality for people worldwide.

For more information please visit the WHO website

TEND Summer Newsletter and NIS update

The Newest NIS Programme:

TEND is the newest of the NIS suite of interventions.  It’s a 12 week video coaching programme for carers and parents with babies and small children (up to 4 years). It focuses upon the carer-infant relationship and is underpinned by social learning theory, theories about maternal sensitivity and recent neurological research on the impact of abuse and neglect.  



Models of care and care pathways to support mental health and wellbeing of looked after children: Findings of call for evidence

9th May 2017

This document presents the findings of a call for evidence to develop models of care and care pathways to support the mental health and wellbeing of looked after children.

Early deaths among care leavers revealed

15th February 2017

Young people who have grown up in care are far more likely to die in early adulthood than other young people, Freedom of Information figures reveal.

They show 90 people who left care in England between 2012 and 2016 died in the years when they would have turned 19, 20 or 21.

Care leavers make up 1% of the population at these ages, but make up around 7% of the deaths.

Please visit the BBC website to read the full article


Call out for applications to the Life Chances Fund in 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.

Call for evidence and stakeholder events

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

NIS Seminars, 'Evidence Into Real World Practice in Children's Services: Creativity and Innovation in Challenging Times'

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

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

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.

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

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.

EUSARF Conference, Oviedo, Spain

September 2016

Shaping the future: connecting knowledge and evidence in child welfare practice is the title of the European Scientific Association on Residential & Family Care for Children and Adolescents (EUSARF) Conference 2016.

The main aim of the conference was to stimulate debates and discussions that could transfer sound research findings to practices in child welfare and improve the interventions in the future. Therefore, the design of the conference will try to facilitate participation and open debates, not just by speakers but also by all delegates.

Children’s care homes often ‘underestimated', review finds

William Eichler 5th July 2016

Children’s care homes are too often viewed as an ‘anachronism’ and they are frequently ‘underestimated’, but improvements can still be made, report concluded.

Call to end stigma about children in care

Glasgow Evening Post

HARRY O'NEILL has won a private school scholarship, volunteered in South Africa and worked in intensive care.

He's far from the stereotype of a troubled child in care - and that's why he's backing a campaign to overturn the stigma holding young people back.

Harry, now 22, first went in to care four days after his 12th birthday.

His mother had been involved in a relationship with an abusive man and his home life had become unsettled.

But for Harry, having a social worker seemed normal so when he was taken into care it came as a huge shock.

Manchester TFCO-P Team's successful reaccreditation

The NIS is delighted to share the news of Manchester TFCO-P team's reaccreditation by Treatment Foster Care Consultants Incorporated in Oregon.

The current Team Leader, Dr Katie Niemz, has seen the team through both their initial accreditation in 2013 and their recent re-accreditation.

Huge congratulations to Katie and the team and all those who support the Manchester TOPS team

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.

Oxfordshire MTFC-P re-accreditation

14th May 2015


The NIS is delighted to announce that Oxfordshire MTFC-P programme has been re-accredited by the model developers, OSLC Community Programs, Oregon, USA.  They successfully met all nine of the criteria that were assessed achieving consistently high scores across the board.