Emerging PD

Early intervention in personality disorder: MST and other treatments for socially excluded high risk / high harm children and families
Authors: Eileen Vizard, Alice Jones, Essi Viding, Elly Farmer, Eamon McCrory

Early intervention in personality disorderThis report, produced by Dr Eileen Vizard and colleagues from the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC), is a comprehensive report of a seminar held in November 2007, which brought together national and international academics and practitioners, in the field of childhood conduct disorders, prevention and treatment of antisocial behaviour and the emergence of anti-social personality disorder.

The seminar was commissioned by the Department of Health (DH) as part of cross government work, with Department for Children, Schools and Families (DCSF), the Youth Justice Board (YJB) and the Cabinet Office following the publication of The Social Exclusion Action Plan (2006) and the Care Matters White paper (2007). The focus of this work being to identify early those young people at risk of social exclusion and placement away from home, due to conduct problems and complex family needs and to consider and further develop the evidence base for effective interventions with these young people and their families.

The DH, DCSF and YJB are now funding 12 pilot sites of Multisystemic Therapy and a research programme to test the effectiveness of this intervention for young people and families in England.

Presentations from the seminar