Think Family Plus

Intensive interventions

This level of intervention offers an intensive way of working with those families in Ealing that have high-priority needs. Each family will be allocated a dedicated key worker.

The aim of intensive interventions is to:

  • help prevent children going into local authority care
  • reduce the incidence of youth custody
  • improve parenting skills and communication within the family
  • improve the way in which the family functions as a whole

The types of intensive interventions are:  

Family Intervention Programme (FIP)

FIP work with families who meet the Think Family Plus criteria as well as cases outside of this programme, where children are on a child protection plan or where the local authority is considering accommodating them as a looked after child.

Support is focused on the whole family, rather than a particular individual, with one key FIP worker who develops one overarching plan for the whole family to improve their life chances and to achieve sustained and meaningful long term change. Once a plan has been agreed, the team will arrange frequent visits each week in order to deliver the Helping Families Programme, followed by regular progress reviews.

An appropriate exit plan and step-down process will be arranged once the case is ready to close

The FIP aims to:

  • prevent and reduce admissions to local authority care
  • reduce crime and anti-social behaviour 
  • reduce non-attendance at school
  • address and reduce long-term unemployment and out of work benefits
  • motivate and encourage families with complex and multiple needs to make lasting changes, enabling them to sustain successes achieved


  • Children aged 0-17 years
  • Have an allocated worker in social care or SAFE
  • Assessment completed within last three months by the social worker or SAFE worker
  • Child and family present with complex and multiple needs where Intensive family and parenting work would be beneficial, with risk of care and CP cases being of primary focus

Referral for a FIP intervention is through a monthly intensive interventions panel.

For more information about FIP, to request a referral form or to make a referral, please contact:

Jasim Uddin, FIP deputy manager - email:
Tracey Shipton, FIP business support - email:

Multisystemic Therapy (MST)

MST works with families with young people on the edge of care or custody.  MST adopts a social-ecological approach to understanding anti-social behaviour or emotional problems with the underlying premise being that young people’s difficulties are multi-causal with multiple sources of influence. These sources are found not only in the young person (values and attitudes, social skills, biology) but also in the young person’s social ecology: the family, school, peer group and neighbourhood.

MST uses the family-preservation model of service delivery in that it is home-based, goal-oriented and time-limited. MST involvement will typically be between three and five months. There is 24 hour, seven days a week access to the service offering telephone and direct contact to and from the family.

The MST therapist will usually meet with the young person and the family three to four times a week, in the family home or in a community setting.

MST aims to:

  • prevent young people going into custody
  • prevent children going into local authority care
  • reduce non-attendance at school
  • engage, build trust and offer constructive communication among family and create lasting change.


  • Family must meet the Think Family Plus criteria
  • Age between 11 and 17 years
  • Have an allocated social worker or YJS worker
  • Young person is at risk of care or at risk of custody
  • Able to participate in the intervention without an interpreter

Multisytemic Therapy in Ealing is delivered by the Brandon Centre for Counselling and Psychotherapy for Young People which is a charitable organisation. Find out more about MST on the Brandon Centre website.

Referral for an MST intervention is through the intensive interventions panel.

For more information about MST, to request a referral form or to make a referral, please contact:      

Anna Elliott, TFP deputy manager - email:

We are also part of a research trial by the Brandon Centre which uses MST for teenagers with problem sexual behaviour. The service works with young people who live at home, live in a permanent placement or live in short-term foster care pending a return home, for whom there are significant concerns about their sexualised behaviour.

As this is a research trial, not all cases referred will be accepted. However, where this is the case, the Brandon Centre will be happy to provide consultations and advice.

Please contact us if you require further information:

Primary Intensive Intervention Pilot (PIIP) 

PIIP is a pilot project which aims to enable children who are at risk of needing a foster or residential care placement to remain with their current family/foster carers in their community. PIIP offers an individually tailored package of intensive psychological assessment and intervention with the child, their family/carers, and frontline workers.

As an intensive intervention, PIIP will have multiple contacts each week (meetings, visits, phone calls) with the child, family and/or frontline staff. The intervention will be individualised for each child and family, but will usually include:

  • parenting advice and support for parents/carers
  • direct therapeutic work with children and parents/carers around emotional, behavioural, cognitive and interpersonal difficulties
  • supporting the development of the relationship (attachment) between the parent/carer and the child to strengthen positive family functioning
  • providing support, training and consultation to frontline workers who care for the child
  • respite planning and support of coping strategies to build capacity in the parent/family/carer’s personal resources


  • Referred child must be between 4-12 years old
  • Home environment at risk of breakdown (needing foster or residential care), where stressors may include the child experiencing significant social, emotional and behavioural difficulties, or parent/carer difficulties.
  • Parents/carers must agree to the referral and be motivated to engage
  • Referred child must have an allocated social worker who will remain involved
  • In most cases input provided by other early intervention services will have been put in place with no significant change observed
  • Services/professionals providing care to the child/family must agree to the referral and be motivated to engage with PIIP

For more information about PIIP or to make a referral, please contact:

Dr Rebecca Pons, clinical psychologist:
Jacqui Lautenbach
, assistant psychologist:

Domestic Violence Intervention Project (DVIP)

The Domestic Violence Intervention Project, which is a well-established organisation working with perpetrators and survivors of domestic violence across London, has been commissioned to deliver the Domestic Violence Intervention Project service in Ealing.

Respect is DVIP’s accredited perpetrator programme which places the safety of women and children at its core.

The service will work with and meet the needs of Ealing’s diverse communities and also offer integrated and joined-up perpetrator interventions to men identified as ‘high priority’ by social work teams. The DVIP service provides:

  • advice and consultation on working with perpetrators of domestic abuse
  • briefings by visiting teams on the work of the DVIP and its integrated service in Ealing
  • training to social care staff on working with perpetrators
  • a women’s support service with help and information to the partners of men on the group
  • places for 24 men on a specialised domestic violence treatment programme in Ealing
  • support as part of a virtual domestic abuse team in Ealing, working alongside specialists already undertaking similar work.

The purpose of the new service is to:

  • reduce the risk of significant harm to children, and to improve outcomes
  • build the protective capacity of female survivors
  • address the behaviour of perpetrators
  • build the confidence and competence of practitioners working with perpetrators
  • hold perpetrators accountable while fostering engagement and increasing the safety of children
  • identify cases early where safety can be achieved or alternative plans can be made for children.

You can arrange for a consultation on a family in Ealing where domestic abuse is an issue or can make a referral for men to attend the group by contacting:

David May - tel: (020) 8825 5000, ext 5592, email:
Gary Hobbs - tel: (020) 8825 5000, ext 8036, email

Please note that families do not need to meet the Think Family Plus criteria in order to access this service.  

Intensive Interventions Panel

The Intensive Interventions Panel is a monthly panel which is chaired by the assistant director for safeguarding and support.  The panel process ensures that families with the highest level of needs are able to access the most appropriate support. For more information about the panel including panel dates and the referral process, please contact: