Welcome to START

START (Systemic Therapy For At Risk Teens) is a major research study spread across 9 sites in the UK investigating a form of intervention for young people and their families who are experiencing difficulties at home, at school and sometimes with the law. This way of helping young people and their families is new to the UK. The study is one the largest of its kind, representing a collaboration between University College London, the University of Cambridge and the University of Leeds, funded by the Department of Health and the Department of Education.

We aim to compare Multisystemic Therapy (MST) with other services that are currently offered to young people and their families who are considered to be at ‘high risk’ of requiring out-of-home care such as fostering, social care or custody if associated with antisocial behaviour such as conviction as a young offender.

MST was originally developed in the United States about 25 years ago, and although there is evidence from there to suggest that MST is a very promising treatment, it has not yet been investigated in the UK and so we aim to answer the question of whether it will be as effective here.

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