Outcomes for children in care are notoriously poor: 15.3% of looked after children achieved five A*-C’s at GCSE in 2013, compared to 58% overall. Furthermore, the cost to the public purse of looking after a child is estimated to be over £36,000. Research has shown that evidence based interventions such as MST are effective tools at reducing entrants to care, and produce significant public savings.
The aim of the project was to move the MST service from local authority control to a mutual model of delivery, which could be delivered to other local authorities (LAs). The mutual, Family Psychology Mutual (FPM), was envisaged as a more cost effective and sustainable model for the future that provided a framework within which the range of services offered could be extended. The new mutual was intended to provide a consultancy service to other authorities to support their MST services.
Whilst the project has yet to be completed, approval has now been given by Cambridgeshire County Council.
Click here to read the literature and evidence review undertaken at the start of the evaluation.
Please contact the local authority for further detail
Anna Freud Centre (AFC)
Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE)