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. 

Having had 14 children successfully through the programme in recent years the site was eligible to apply for certification with the model developers who are based at the Oregon Social Learning Center, Oregon, USA.  Dr Patti Chamberlain and Professor Phil Fisher work closely with the National Implementation Service (NIS) based in England and together they have been working hard to roll out Multidimensional Treatment Foster Care in Britain.  They are delighted that yet another UK based MTFC site has demonstrated the high levels of competence required to achieve Certification with their organisation.   

Dawn Walker, who is the NIS Consultant for the site, told colleagues"The MTFC-P Manchester TOPS team has just received the news that they have been Certified as MTFC-P providers. They passed all 10 criteria and exceeded the minimum standards on 9 out of the 10 criteria. Congratulations to the team for their hard work and commitment to the MTFC-P model."

The Manchester team is delighted and are looking forward to continuing to offer high quality treatment foster care to these young children.  The hope is that by making a significant investment now there will be a reduced need for specialist services in the future.  

It is widely accepted within the field of evidence based programmes that sites who demonstrate high levels of model fidelity have better outcomes.  "This has to be a good thing in terms of driving up standards for the care of troubled looked after children and young people" says Colin Waterman, Project Manager within the NIS. 

Manchester's MTFC-P programme joins seven other Certified sites throughout the UK - these include one other MTFC-P site (Oxfordshire); a MTFC-C site for 7-11 year olds (Barking and Dagenham) and five MTFC-A sites for 11-17 year olds (Glasgow, Salford, Staffordshire, Kent and Wessex).  It is hoped there will be more on the way