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General overview

Stage of development: Complete

Policy sector: Child and family welfare

Date outcomes contract signed: Jun 2017

Start date of service provision: Feb 2018

Anticipated completion date: Dec 2023

Actual completion date: Aug 2023

Capital raised (minimum): GBP 4.50m (USD 6m)

Max potential outcome payment: GBP 10m


The intervention carries out two therapeutic services: multisystemic therapy (MST) and functional family therapy (FFT). Both therapies involve working closely with families, coaching them to deal with difficult behavior. In MST, each therapist has a caseload of four families who they'll see at least three times a week, a 24-hour support line is also available for parents. FFT is usually delivered by qualified family therapists and is used when the need for intervention is less urgent. Both aim to help parents cope more effectively on their own. Often the goals are simple, such as making sure children come home at a reasonable time or improve school attendance. Parents are encouraged to spend positive time with their children, taking them to the cinema or for walks in the park.

Target population

Young people aged 10 - 17 involved in serious antisocial behavior and/or substance misuse, who have been identified as being at risk of going into care.



  • United Kingdom

Service delivery locations

  • London, UK

Outcome metrics

  • Young person stays out of care. Payment for every seven consecutive days the child is out of care over a two-year period.
  • Increased school attendance.
  • Increase in prosocial behaviour.
  • Reduction in antisocial and criminal behaviour.
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