KEEP Summer Newsletter


The NIS is very excited at the growing number of KEEP Licensed Trainers that operate here in the UK, increasing the opportunities for young people and carers to access KEEP. Congratulations to Emma Turnham, Jo Lea, Clare Campling, Bonnie Griffiths, Pat Beech, Mandy Taylor-Mellor, Rob Lewis and Mike Wilson, who have all reached an outstanding level of both expertise and practice. 

SCIE findings in relation to NIS programmes have been published

The SCIE has published their findings in relation to Models of care and care pathways to support the mental health and wellbeing of looked after children.

The NIS submitted evidence for five interventions; KEEP, TEND, RESuLT, AdOpt & TFCO.

Feedback across all NIS submissions was largely positive and reflected our commitment to both excellence and evidence in practice.

Fostering Fortnight:

In recognition of Fostering Fortnight we would like to share feedback from carers who recently completed KEEP Safe in Somerset.

“Since completing KEEP we have seen a huge difference in how we foster young people. It has taught us to be much more positive towards everything and this has had a huge impact on the young person living with us. We are able to deal with challenging behaviour in a much more softer approach and we use strategies taught in KEEP every single day without realising…now it just comes naturally to us!

Call out for applications to the Life Chances Fund January 2017

The Life Chances Fund (LCF) will be open for Expressions of Interest to develop Social Impact Bonds in the themes of early years and young people from 4 January 2017.

Government Response to latest report on the mental health and wellbeing of Looked After Children

The mental health of looked after children and care leavers remained a focus for the Government and us all as a society as we entered the New Year.  News stories continued to remind us of the impact of early experiences on the lives of young people in care and those leaving care.  Arguably, we now also realise more and more, that becoming a looked after child can provide the necessary relationships to make a positive difference for many young people.

Call for evidence and stakeholder events

The Department of Health and Department for Education have established an Expert Working Group – supported by the Social Care Institute for Excellence - to develop models of care and care pathways to support the mental health and wellbeing of looked after children and care leavers.

You are invited to submit evidence and/or register for a stakeholder event.

Call for evidence

NIS Seminars, 'Evidence Into Real World Practice in Children's Services: Creativity and Innovation in Challenging Times'

We would like to say a big thank you to the speakers and to everyone who contributed to the recent NIS seminars!
A special thanks also goes out to the families, fosters cares and young people who contributed to the NIS film and the seminar workshops.
The following plenary presentations are now available in the MST Library:
Leeds Seminar - 4th November

‘We know it works but does it last?’ The implementation of the KEEP foster and kinship carer training programme in England


A new academic paper has been published regarding the implementation of KEEP in the UK.




National Implementation Service Seminars – Evidence into real world practice in Children’s Services, Creativity and Innovation in challenging times

We are pleased to invite you to participate in the forthcoming NIS Seminars:
'Evidence Into Real World Practice in Children's Services: Creativity and Innovation in Challenging Times'.
Leeds on 4th November & Birmingham on 9th November 2016.

Improving permanence and stability for vulnerable children and families

20 February 2013


The Department for Education has launched a new prospectus for local authorities and their partners to bid for financial and other support to implement a range of intensive, cost effective and evidence based or research informed interventions. To complement this work, bids are also being invited for local authorities and independent fostering agencies to form consortia to develop new approaches to foster carer recruitment to attract a wider range of people into fostering.

There are two strands to the funding available:

New web resource for evidence based intervention programmes for vulnerable children and their families

28 January 2013


A new web resource was launched on Monday 21 January to support the evidence based interventions programme for looked after children, children on the edge of care or custody and their families - a programme funded by the Department for Education (DfE) to support local authorities to implement evidence based interventions to support vulnerable local children and their families.