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. 

Barking and Dagenham MTFC-C team re-accredited

14th May 2015


The NIS is delighted to announce that Barking and Dagenham's MTFC-C programme (Pitstop) has become re-accredited with the model developers at Oregon Social Learning Centre Community Programs, based in Oregon, USA. 

The team successfully met all seven of the re-accreditation criteria by achieving consistently high scores across the board.  This demonstrates their high levels of model adherence which arguably results in better outcomes for the children who go through the programme. 

Barking & Dagenham MTFC–C Programme team announced as Children and Young People Now Awards finalists

23 October 2013


The Multidimensional Treatment Foster Care-C Programme team (known locally as PITSTOP) in Barking and Dagenham have reached the final of The Children & Young People (CYP) Now Awards, 2013. The CYP Now Awards recognise initiatives from the public, private and voluntary sector that work with children and young people from birth to adolescence as well as their families.


The Barking and Dagenham C Programme began in 2009 and were the first MTFC-C site in Europe to be accredited.

Multidimensional Treatment Foster Care launches in Lowestoft

1 April 2013


Multidimensional Treatment Foster Care (MTFC) has been launched in Lowestoft to add to the range of services being offered to teenagers with complex behaviours.

In 2012 Norfolk and Suffolk County Council were awarded joint funding from the Department for Education to set up an innovative specialist fostering programme aimed specifically for young people in care aged 11 to 17.

Improving permanence and stability for vulnerable children and families

21 February 2013


The Department for Education has launched a new prospectus for local authorities and their partners to bid for financial and other support to implement a range of intensive, cost effective and evidence based or research informed interventions. To complement this work, bids are also being invited for local authorities and independent fostering agencies to form consortia to develop new approaches to foster carer recruitment to attract a wider range of people into fostering.

There are two strands to the funding available:

New web resource for evidence based intervention programmes for vulnerable children and their families

21 January 2013


A new web resource is being launched today to support the evidence based interventions programme for looked after children, children on the edge of care or custody and their families - a programme funded by the Department for Education (DfE) to support local authorities to implement evidence based interventions to support vulnerable local children and their families. 

MST Merton, Sutton and Kingston win award for Improved Partnerships

21 November 2012


MST Merton, Sutton and Kingston - Health Service Journal 2012 Award for Improved Partnerships between Health and Local Government winners!