Multisystemic Therapy (MST) is an intensive family- and community-based treatment program that focuses on addressing all environmental systems that impact chronic and violent juvenile offenders -- their homes and families, schools and teachers, neighborhoods and friends. MST recognizes that each system plays a critical role in a youth's world and each system requires attention when effective change is needed to improve the quality of life for youth and their families. MST works with the toughest offenders ages 12 through 17 who have a very long history of arrests. Learn more about MST.
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Watch this TED Talk by Toby Eccles, the founder of Social Finance in the UK, to learn how social impact bonds are solving seemingly intractable social problems. In Essex County, for example, MST is one of the programs being funded by Social Finance to keep kids out of placement. Watch the video.
The sexual abuse of children is a worldwide problem that has lasting and sometimes lifelong impacts on the child, their family and the community. An open access systematic review that was recently published in the British Medical Journal looked at the evidence for medical and psychological interventions that aim to prevent sexual abusers of children from reoffending. Read the full article.
The head of community services at a charity working with ex-offenders says the organisation has detected clear trends among clients who were 'drifting off' from its service. Action for Children is partnering with Essex county council on the bond, also managed by Social Finance. Derbyshire said the contract, designed to use multi-systemic therapy to prevent children from the most vulnerable families in Essex going into care, was showing early signs of achieving good results one year in. Read the full article.
"The idea in juvenile court is we are never just dealing with the individual," said Midland County Probate Judge Dorene S. Allen. "We are dealing with the whole family. Wraparound wraps around the child with the family system." Along with the wraparound program to help juveniles, the county is using multi-systemic therapy, an intensive-family-and-community-based treatment for serious antisocial behavior in juvenile offenders. "MST is an evidenced-based program that is nationally monitored...we have very few kids who have received MST coming back into the program - only two," said Allen. Read the full article