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World Mental Health Day 2018

10th October 2018

The theme of this year’s World Mental Health Day is “young people and mental health in a changing world”. 

Half of all mental illness begins by the age of 14, but most cases go undetected and untreated. The World Health Organisation's focus is on building mental resilience among young people, to help them cope with the challenges of today’s world. 

SCIE findings in relation to NIS programmes have been published

The SCIE has published their findings in relation to Models of care and care pathways to support the mental health and wellbeing of looked after children.

The NIS submitted evidence for five interventions; KEEP, TEND, RESuLT, AdOpt & TFCO.

Feedback across all NIS submissions was largely positive and reflected our commitment to both excellence and evidence in practice.

TFCO Newsletter



The most recent publication on TFCO-A suggests that the intervention is best suited to those children who present with higher levels of anti-social behaviour.  Please click here for more information.  The authors provide a helpful reminder that even when good progress is made within TFCO, many young people and their families/carers are likely to require additional community based support on exit from the programme. 


World Mental Health Day 2017

10th October 2017

Mental health in the workplace is the theme of World Mental Health Day 2017. The overall objective is to raise awareness of mental health issues and mobilise efforts in support of better mental health.

TFCO: Reducing the running costs and funding via SIBs.

The NIS has been working closely with UK TFCO teams and the model developers in Oregon to reduce the running costs of TFCO and improve its longer term sustainability. 

You can now find information here about a revised staffing structure for TFCO teams which could offer savings for past and future implementers of TFCO.  

Additionally, the government drive to share the cost of public sector services with other financial providers could be a great opportunity for new and existing TFCO sites.

TFCO-A works best for the more antisocial children

The latest research on TFCO-A in the UK supports the evidence that the programme can reduce antisocial behaviour. The research group concluded that TFCO works best with young people displaying antisocial behaviour and should be reserved for this cohort of young people. They raise a cautionary note that the benefits of TFCO are hard to maintain and young people leaving TFCO are likely to need further support on exit from their placement. The full article can be viewed here

Call out for applications to the Life Chances Fund January 2017

The Life Chances Fund (LCF) will be open for Expressions of Interest to develop Social Impact Bonds in the themes of early years and young people from 4 January 2017.

Government Response to latest report on the mental health and wellbeing of Looked After Children

The mental health of looked after children and care leavers remained a focus for the Government and us all as a society as we entered the New Year.  News stories continued to remind us of the impact of early experiences on the lives of young people in care and those leaving care.  Arguably, we now also realise more and more, that becoming a looked after child can provide the necessary relationships to make a positive difference for many young people.

Call for evidence and stakeholder events

The Department of Health and Department for Education have established an Expert Working Group – supported by the Social Care Institute for Excellence - to develop models of care and care pathways to support the mental health and wellbeing of looked after children and care leavers.

You are invited to submit evidence and/or register for a stakeholder event.

Call for evidence

NIS Seminars, 'Evidence Into Real World Practice in Children's Services: Creativity and Innovation in Challenging Times'

We would like to say a big thank you to the speakers and to everyone who contributed to the recent NIS seminars!
A special thanks also goes out to the families, fosters cares and young people who contributed to the NIS film and the seminar workshops.
The following plenary presentations are now available in the MST Library:
Leeds Seminar - 4th November

National Implementation Service Seminars – Evidence into real world practice in Children’s Services, Creativity and Innovation in challenging times

We are pleased to invite you to participate in the forthcoming NIS Seminars:
'Evidence Into Real World Practice in Children's Services: Creativity and Innovation in Challenging Times'.
Leeds on 4th November & Birmingham on 9th November 2016.

MTFC changes its name to TFCO-UK

Multidimensional Treatment Foster Care, has now changed its name to Treatment Foster Care Oregon UK. 


Congratulations to the Wessex Action for Children TFCO-UK-A team

The Wessex Action for Children TFCO-UK-A team have been re-accredited by the model developers at Oregon Social Learning Centre Community Programmes.

This is the second time the team have been re-accredited since their initial accreditation in 2009.  This is the UKs longest standing TFCO-UK-A team, originally set up by the Youth Justice Board to provide TFCO-UK-A as an alternative to custody.

Congratulations to the team and all those supporting them - an impressive commitment to the successful delivery of TFCO-UK-A.

Dudley TFCO-UK-C Flipside Accreditation

The NIS are delighted to announce that Dudley's TFCO-UK-C Flipside team have been accredited by the model developers at Oregon Social Learning Centre Community Programs, Oregon, USA.

Flipside are the third TFCO-C team in the UK to be accredited by OSLCCP. 

Congratulations to the team and all those who have worked hard in Dudley to support them.

Oxfordshire MTFC-P re-accreditation

14th May 2015


The NIS is delighted to announce that Oxfordshire MTFC-P programme has been re-accredited by the model developers, OSLC Community Programs, Oregon, USA.  They successfully met all nine of the criteria that were assessed achieving consistently high scores across the board. 

Barking and Dagenham MTFC-C team re-accredited

14th May 2015


The NIS is delighted to announce that Barking and Dagenham's MTFC-C programme (Pitstop) has become re-accredited with the model developers at Oregon Social Learning Centre Community Programs, based in Oregon, USA. 

The team successfully met all seven of the re-accreditation criteria by achieving consistently high scores across the board.  This demonstrates their high levels of model adherence which arguably results in better outcomes for the children who go through the programme. 

Barking & Dagenham MTFC–C Programme team announced as Children and Young People Now Awards finalists

23 October 2013

The Multidimensional Treatment Foster Care-C Programme (known locally as PITSTOP) team in Barking and Dagenham have reached the final of The Children & Young People (CYP) Now Awards, 2013. The CYP Now Awards recognise initiatives from the public, private and voluntary sector that work with children and young people from birth to adolescence as well as their families.

The Barking and Dagenham C Programme began in 2009 and were the first MTFC-C site in Europe to be accredited.

Manchester Makes the Grade

10 July 2013

Manchester is one of a handful of cities in the country that have been running Multidimensional Treatment Foster Care for 3-6 year olds for a number of years now.  Known as the MTFC-P programme for short, this intensive intervention places a strong emphasis on helping small children within the care system to stand the best possible chance of achieving placement stability long term. 

Multidimensional Treatment Foster Care launches in Lowestoft

1 April 2013

Multidimensional Treatment Foster Care (MTFC) has been launched in Lowestoft to add to the range of services being offered to teenagers with complex behaviours.

In 2012 Norfolk and Suffolk County Council were awarded joint funding from the Department for Education to set up an innovative specialist fostering programme aimed specifically for young people in care aged 11 to 17.