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Over the past seven years the Department for Education, in partnership with the Department of Health and the Youth Justice Board has supported a range of evidence based interventions for looked after children, children on the edge of care or custody and their families.

The children and young people who access these programmes typically have a range of complex and challenging behaviours and experiences which can result in them living away from their families, finding it difficult to settle in alternative care, becoming involved with the police or being in youth custody.

The current interventions being implemented by local authorities within this supported programme include Multisystemic Therapy (MST), Multidimensional Treatment Foster Care (MTFC), KEEP (Keeping foster and kinship carers trained and supported), Functional Family Therapy (FFT), AdOpt and RESuLT . Visit the Programmes (link) page to find out more about each of these.

The programmes are supported by the National Implementation Teams, which are currently part-funded by the Department for Education and based at King’s College, London. These teams are responsible for programme set up, ensuring model fidelity, supervision and consultation with the programme sites either directly or in collaboration with the relevant programme developers. Visit the National Implementation Teams (link) page for more information.

The current supported project works directly with 60 local authorities through 35 local partnerships. Visit the individual programme sites (link) page to find out where these partnership are located.