Intensive Family Support

The Intensive Family Support Team works with families where a teenage child is displaying risky and problematic behaviours which are putting the family under stress, often to the point where the family is at risk of breaking down and the child might be taken into care.

The team accepts referrals for young people aged 10-17 where we see one or more of:

  • Aggression (violence, fighting, destroying property)
  • Family conflict and relationship breakdown
  • Criminal or anti-social behaviour
  • Risky behaviour such as running away, self-harming or using drugs or alcohol
The work with the family is intensive and time-limited: it might involve up to 4 visits per week for a maximum of 6 months.  The aim is to work with the whole family and other systems around the young person, which might include:
  • Family-led meetings
  • Safety planning
  • Evidence-based parenting support
  • Mediation and conflict resolution
  • Solution-focused work
  • Behaviour management
  • Advocacy to access other services
The Intensive Family Support Team also:
  • provides resettlement support to families where a young person is leaving custody
  • delivers the Stronger, Safer Families programme, which tackles domestic abuse from the child towards their parents or carers
  • carries out specialist assessments and interventions for young people who have displayed sexually harmful behaviour