Thursday, October 17, 2019

Grant will support vulnerable young people

Vulnerable young people living in four areas of the UK will be supported by Multisystemic Therapy teams, following a £2 million grant from the Youth Endowment Fund. 

Based at South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust, MST-UK & Ireland, in partnership with Birmingham Children's Trust and Forward Thinking Birmingham, Kirklees Council, Nottingham City Council and Sandwell Children's Trust have been successful in securing a bid for over £2 million from the Youth Endowment Fund.

Four new Multisystemic Therapy (MST) teams will be established in Birmingham, Kirklees, Nottingham City and Sandwell, where councils and organisations have shared concerns about the increased risks of criminal exploitation and youth violence. MST UK & Ireland aims to tackle youth offending by intervening early with 10-14 years and involving their families and communities.

Cathy James, Multisystemic Therapy (MST) Lead UK and Ireland, said: “We are excited to have the opportunity to work with partners across England to implement an evidence-based approach to supporting some of the most vulnerable young people and families and their communities.”

Building on the success of MST, the funding will be used to expand provision and develop an enhanced version of MST (MST-E), focused on children aged 10-14 at high risk or already involved in offending or criminal exploitation and living in high risk communities.

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