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General overview

Stage of development: Complete

Policy sector: Child and family welfare

Date outcomes contract signed: Feb 2014

Start date of service provision: 2014

Capital raised (minimum): GBP 1.20m (USD 1.97m)


Uses an intervention called Multi-dimensional Treatment Foster Care - Adolescents (MTFC-A), as an alternative to local authority residential care for those young people that meet the criteria. Within Multi-dimensional Treatment Foster Care, foster carers are trained to provide MTFC in order to help addressing children’s emotional and behavioural difficulties. The one-year MTFC programme includes encouraging the development of academic skills, setting boundaries, supporting the establishment of contact with pro-social peers and maintaining close supervision of the child.

Target population

High need young people aged 11-14 who are looked after by the local authority, either in residential care or in foster placements, who are at risk of entering residential care.



  • United Kingdom

Service delivery locations

  • Manchester, North West

Outcome metrics

  • Young person engaged in MTFC-A programme. Service user is engaged with MFTC for one week in first year. Data on 11-14 yr olds in residential care in 2007 – 2008.
  • Young person moved out of residential placement. Young person remains in family setting for a week for 2.5 years after the MTFC-A programme ends. Data on 11-14 yr olds in residential care in 2007 – 2008.
  • Young person achieves 'wellbeing outcomes. Young person achieves all wellbeing outcomes at graduation and 12 months mpost completion of programme. Data on 11-14 yr olds in residential care in 2007 – 2008.
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