Supporting Families Practice Model Pilot Study

IFT is delighted to announce that we will be working with Coram to deliver this exciting project with the Dept. for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities and Dept. for Education:

Supporting Families Systemic Family Therapy Pilot Study

IFT has been commissioned to lead the training elements of this project by the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities (DLUHC) and Department for Education Supporting Families Programme Systemic Family Therapy Pilot Study. A consortium led by Coram and IFT will deliver a trial of systemically informed keyworker practice in six local authorities. This will include specialist training for keyworkers on systemic family practice in the trial, the hiring of systemic practitioners and on-going support via a virtual systemic practice hub.

Ecorys and Clarissa White Research will evaluate the model through a pilot randomised controlled trial (RCT). The findings will inform the development of the Supporting Families programme delivery and wider Early Help policy including the Government’s reform of children’s social care and its strategy: Stable Homes, Built on Love.

An expression of interest inviting local authorities to participate in delivering the systemic practice model and the trial will be published, week commencing 15 January 2024, with the group of 12 local authorities taking part in the pilot study informed in April, set up kicking off in May, and the pilot beginning in September 2024.

The Supporting Families programme is a wonderful opportunity for IFT to build on our extensive history of influence in the arena of how systemic practice can transform the support provided to children and families in challenging circumstances. Working in partnership gives us the ability to drive the evidence around the effectiveness of systemic family practice in local areas to ensure that multiply-oppressed and marginalised children and families have the support that they need at the right time.

We will be working alongside Coram and Ecorys in this trial to develop and evaluate systemically informed keyworker practices across local authorities. IFT will be responsible for delivering the systemic family therapy training as well as working together with local authorities to embed systemic practices across organisations, which in turn will sustain better outcomes for the children, families and communities that we serve.

DLUHC Supporting Families team along with Coram and IFT will be hosting a webinar on Wednesday 31 January 2024 3pm-4.30pm for local authorities on the pilot study. For more information on the webinar and pilot study, please email

Watch out for our advertisements coming soon for:

  • A qualified Systemic Psychotherapist Delivery Lead working across the intervention local authorities employed by IFT to co-ordinate, supervise and mentor local authority embedded Systemic Practitioners.
  • Systemic Practitioners who will be employed and embedded in each intervention local authority. They will work with keyworker teams to embed systemic practice by providing ongoing targeted training, monthly group reflective practice sessions, one-to-one consultation to key workers and will support the use of systemic tools (such as genograms) and outcome measures. They will be supported to complete training within the pilot to become a fully qualified systemic psychotherapist.

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