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Cambridge Multisystemic Therapy service

Spinning out Cambridge’s multisystemic therapy service for adolescents into a staff-run mutual, supporting local young people as well as offering consultancy services to neighbouring councils.

Project Description

Research has shown that evidence based interventions such as multisystemic therapy are effective tools at reducing entrants to care, and produce significant public savings. The aim of the project was to move Cambridgeshire’s MST service from local authority control to a mutual model of delivery, which could be delivered to other local authorities.

The new organisation, Family Psychology Mutual, has been designed 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 intention is to provide a consultancy service to other authorities to support their MST services.

Approval has been given by Cambridgeshire County Council for the programme to go ahead.


The DfE-funded independent evaluation published in 2017 found that CMST represents value for money for CCC. A rigorous and reliable statistical approach to proving the cost case was needed. The baseline analysis revealed a return on investment of a factor of 3.

Lead Organisation

Cambridgeshire County Council




East of England


Funding Information

Funding theme: Rethinking support for adolescents

Total amount awarded


Round 1 Jan 2015

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