- Funding awarded: £1,170,685
- Duration of programme: 3 years
- Number of beneficiaries: 240
- Replication areas (Northern Ireland): Northern Trust
- Partners: Health and Social Care Trusts across Northern Ireland
Intervention: Multi-Systemic Therapy
Extern will provide a Multi-Systemic Therapy service for young people aged 12 to 17-years-old in the Northern Health and Social Care Trust area. This will be replicated in other trust areas for those aged 11 to 14-years-old who are currently being looked after in care or custody, as well as those on the cusp of going into care or entering the youth justice system.
Multi-Systemic Therapy (MST) is an evidence-based, intensive, family and community based model of practice that focuses on the whole ecology of the child. MST has been effective in reducing out of home placements, retaining young people in school, decreasing drug and alcohol misuse, and improving family relationships.
Delivery organisation: Extern
Extern has almost 30 years of experience of working with children and young people in Northern Ireland. They work with the most vulnerable young people, those at risk of going into care or custody and those engaged in anti-social or offending behaviour.