North Yorkshire County Council
Children and Families: Prevention Service
The Prevention Service Staff have a wide
range of skills and expertise, who are based
in local hubs to ensure that children, young
people and families have speedier and easier
access to the best possible support and
help, when they need it.
The YJS works in partnership with The
Prevention Service and has several seconded
staff members working in local hubs.
YJS Staff are working with young people who
have received Youth Cautions, those who are
on the edge of crime and young people who
are at risk of getting into trouble.
Targeting young people at an early stage can help
prevent escalation into the Youth Justice System,
and also help stop future offending, which protects
the public from harm.
If you would like to find out more about The
Prevention Service and the referral process please
click on the icon above.
Multisystemic Therapy (MST)
MST is an intensive service that meets with families
in their own homes to help deal with the causes of a
young person’s difficult or challenging behaviour.
MST works with families of young people aged 11-17
years who are living at home and need support to:
Attend school and be successful in school
Improve family life and make home a safe place
Stop offending and anti-social behaviour
Reduce/Stop drug and alcohol use
Keep young people living at home
MST works with all of the systems in a young
person’s life, such as school, friends, family and
community in order to understand these difficulties.
What happens with MST?
MST intervention will last around 3-5 months
depending on what help is needed and the
interventions are typically aimed at providing
parents/carers with the skills and resources they
need to address the young person’s behavioural
difficulties. An MST therapist will visit families
at home, usually three times a week to help reach
goals that have been set.
MST is available in the Scarborough, Whitby and
Ryedale areas with future potential for the project
to be rolled out across North Yorkshire. To find out
more about MST and the referral process, contact MST
Programme Manager – Jade Gooch