MST Northamptonshire has been open for referrals since January 2013, with an additional team becoming operational from February 2014. The service provides 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.

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.  

How do I refer to MST Northamptonshire?

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.

  • Social workers can send their manager approved referral via e-mail to the address on the referral form directly into the MST Team.  Please attach any recent assessments
  • Members of the Youth Offending Service can again refer directly using the MST referral form and any supporting information (such as ASSET) to the email address on the referral form
  • Referrals from CAMHS can be sent directly via the access to support e-mail address on the referral form, using the MST referral form, CAF and related assessment. 

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

Please send referrals to the MST Supervisor, copied to the Business Support Officer.

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

The decision will be notified to the referrer within one working day of the referral being received.

Once there is an available space, the MST supervisor carries out a suitability assessment to allow them and the family to decide whether MST intervention will be accepted and started.




For young people in care or due to go into care but with a plan to return home, MST-FIT (Family Integrated Transitions) could be an option.  For this route, referrals should go to PMS with a request for MST FIT via Raven House.  You are welcome to discuss these cases with Dr Philip Reynolds (MST FIT Supervisor) or Phil Wilcock (Raven House Manager)


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 offence 
    • 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, despite 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

Who to contact

For referrals in Kettering, Corby, Wellingborough and the surrounding area to the north of the county, please contact either

Tessa Saunders                                     or                   Adam Marshall

MST Supervisor                                                             MST Business Support Officer (Mon – Thurs only)

Tel: 07734 983098 or 01604 365888                                Tel: 01604 362002 / 07850 854329

E-mail:                   E-mail:


For referrals in Northampton and surrounding area, please contact either

Philip Reynolds                                                  or         Sharon Wright

MST Supervisor                                                              MST Business Support Officer (Mon – Thurs only)

Tel: 07850 854333                                                          Tel: 01604 364011/07734 983088

E-mail:                    E-mail:

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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).

Where is it?

For referrals, enquiries and correspondence:

MST South Northamptonshire:  MST Team. John Dryden House, 8 – 1-0 The Lakes, Northampton, NN4 7YD
Please address all correspondence to the Business Support Officer.

MST North Northamptonshire:  MST Team, Grafton Court, Unit 1, Kettering Venture Parkway, Kettering, NN15 6XR.
Please address all correspondence to the Business Support Officer.

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


The page was last updated on 15 March 2018 by pcouch.


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