We are currently recruiting to our new team in Northamptonshire and will be open for referrals in January 2013. MST in Northamptonshire will provide young people, aged 11-17 years, and their families, with intensive therapy and support for three to five months with the aim of reducing the risks of the young person entering into care or custody, and provides support to help the young person and their family cope better. MST Northamptonshire is one of 12 new MST projects currently being implemented.

How this service can help you

By working with young people, their parents or guardians and the wider system around them, such as children's social care, the youth offending service and child and adolescent mental health services, we can help to:

  • reduce anti-social behaviours
  • improve family communication and functioning
  • support the young person with school engagement
  • support the young person to engage with positive role models

After talking about the reason for referral, and what the family wants to achieve from the treatment, together we will devise a number of goals to work on and these goals will be the focus of the interventions for about three to five months. MST will work to understand the factors that let to the referral behaviours and support parents/carers to devise plans to address these factors.

This often involves parents and carers establishing rules and boundaries with rewards and consequences establishing monitoring plans, increasing pro-social activities for their children and changing family dynamics. Our ultimate goal is to empower parents and carers with the skills and resources needed to make positive changes in behaviour. We hope these skills will mean changes can be maintained and built on once the MST interventiion ends.

The MST worker will aim to link parents with other systems in their child's life such as school, social services and social clubs so that there is effective communication, and plans can be put in place with everyone involved to meet the family's goals.

MST will also work with parents and carers to identify individuals in their own community who can support them to implement plans and/or be an active part of delivering those plans. This support will remain in place once the MST intervention has finished.

Facilities available

We operate on a home and community basis, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year which means there is always someone families can contact with any concerns.  All of our visits will be to families and young people in their home or in a community setting (such as school).

How do I access this service?

We accept referrals for young people and their families living in Northamptonshire and meeting our criteria.  Referrals are usually received from children's social care, the youth offending service or child and adolescent mental health services. 

We do not accept direct referrals from GPs.

How do I refer to MST Northamptonshire?

We are currently recruiting to the team and will accept referrals from January 2013.

The latest briefing (October 2012) is now available.

Referrals are usually received from children's social care, the youth offending service or child and adolescent mental health services. 

  • Social workers make referrals via the social care MST referral pathway (generally via e-mail) using the MST referral form, CAF and related assessment
  • Members of the Youth Offending Service will use the YOS MST referral pathway, using the MST referral form and ASSET
  • Referrals from CAMHS will be via the CAMHS MST referral pathway, using the MST referral form, CAF and related assessment

The MST referral is available on request from the MST Team (see below)

Please send referrals to the MST Supervisor, copied to the Business Support Officer, five working days before the Northamptonshire Complex Cases Referral Management Group meeting (held fortnightly).

Urgent referrals:  Contact the MST supervisor directly (see below).

The Northamptonshire Complex Cases Referral Management Group examines all referrals in depth and takes the decision on suitability for MST and whether MST is in a position to take on the referral at that time.   The decision will be notified to the referrer within one working day of the meeting.

Once accepted as a suitable potential referral, the MST supervisor carries out a suitability assessment to allow them and the family to decide whether MST intervention will be accepted and started.

Criteria for referral

Our main criteria for accepting and prioritising referrals are that the young person is:

  • aged 11 - 17 years old (our priority is 13 - 16 years old)
  • at imminent risk of out of home placement because of criminal offences such as criminal damage, threatening behaviour, violence against the person or public order offences
  • at risk of entering care/residential school (other than because of developmental delays)
  • physically aggressive at home, at school or in the community
  • verbally aggressive, or making verbal threats of harm to others
  • under a charge due to substance misuse
  • abusing substance(s) that is contributing to exclusion from school, an impending Court case, or behavioural problems
  • subject to, or likely to be subject to, a child protection plan

We also work with younger children who have an older teenager offending sibling living in the same home.

We do not accept referrals for young people:

  • living independently, or for whom a primary care giver cannot be identified, despie extensive efforts to locate all extended family, adult friends and other potential surrogate care givers
  • referred primarily due to concerns related to recent suicidal, homicidal or psychotic behaviours
  • with sexual offences (sex offending in the absence of other delinquent or anti social behaviour)
  • with pervasive developmental delays
  • in care where permanent care is the plan
  • who have yet to access appropriate services targeted at a lower level of need

Useful information for professionals

 

Where is it?

For referrals, enquiries and correspondence:

MST Team, Room 8, Briar Hill Family Resource Centre, Coronation Court, Off Ashbrow Road, Northampton, NN4 8SZ.

Please address all correspondence to the Business Support Officer.

All our work with families is in their own home or local community settings.

 


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Contact MST Northamptonshire

  • Lead Clinician: Dr Brigitte Squire, Consultant Clinical Psychologist, MST Programme Director
  • Tel (for referrals and enquiries): 01680 362001 / 01604 362002
  • E-mail

Who provides the service?

MST Northamptonshire service is provided under contract by Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust for young people and their families/guardians living within Northamptonshire.

The team consists of a supervisor, four MST therapists and a business support officer.

Who is this service for?

MST Northamptonshire is for young people (aged 11 - 17 years old) at high risk of out of home placement and their families.  Families may have been referred to us as there are concerns about possible out of home placement, or a risk of entering care/residential school (other than because of developmental delays), the young person may be showing aggression or threatening behaviour or because of substance misuse they have behavioural problems and may be excluded from school or are pending a court case.

We can also help younger children who have an older teenager offending sibling living in the same home.

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The page was last updated on 20 February 2014 by andrea.bateman.

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