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Multisystemic Therapy National Service (MST-UK)


Phone number:
020 7848 5843
Hospital site:
Maudsley Hospital
Institute of Psychiatry
Psychology & Neuroscience
16 De Crespigny Park
Disabled access:
Directorate or department:
Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services
Care pathway:
Service type:
Treatment mode:
Training and service delivery
This service is for people who live in:
National (Child and Adolescent services)
MST-UK provide training and consultancy services in the Multisystemic Therapy (MST) model to teams in local authorities, health trusts and voluntary organisations providing MST to children and families, where children are at risk of entering care or custody or to support young people to return home safely from care.

We hold the licence for the United Kingdom Network Partnership agreement with MST Services in the USA and under this agreement can provide services across all countries of the UK and in the Republic of Ireland.

What is Multisystemic Therapy?
MST was developed to work with young people with complex behavioural and emotional difficulties and their families, with a focus on young people at risk of out of home placement in care or custody due to offending or other anti-social, and high risk behaviours.

MST is provided by clinical teams of a supervisor and three or four therapists, who offer intensive family interventions in the community, for 3 -5 months, including an on-call service for families. MST is a systemic family intervention, with therapists using a range of evidence-based interventions, including structural and strategic family therapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Behavioural Interventions.

Multisystemic Therapy for Child Abuse and Neglect (MST-CAN) is an adaptation of MST focused on families where children are on a child protection plan due to physical abuse and/or neglect and are at risk of entering care as a result. It is based on the same principles as MST, but the intervention is for 6-9 months and includes evidence-based approaches to work with adult substance abuse and also trauma in young people and adults.

MST UK are now able to provide UK based training and consultation in both these models.

Who do MST-UK Provide a Service for?
MST-UK do not provide a direct service to children and families, but we provide training, consultation, and organisational support to the following range of organisations:

  • Local authority Children’s Social Care departments and partner agencies.
  • Clinical Commissioning groups and NHS Trusts
  • Children’s Trusts
  • Voluntary organisations
  • Health Boards (N Ireland)

Our outcomes include:

  • Successful partnership work with over 30 local authorities, voluntary organisations, and health providers since 2008
  • Provision of high-quality training and consultation in the UK
  • Promoting stability for children and young people with over 90% of children able to remain safely at home.
  • Improved parenting skills and mental health for parents
  • Reduced offending and at-risk behaviours by young people
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