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MST-CAN® is a home-based voluntary therapeutic intervention that has a strong commitment to engaging the whole family in the program.

The goals of MST-CAN® include keeping families together, ensuring that children are safe, preventing abuse and neglect, reducing mental health difficulties, and increasing natural social supports for the family.

In addition, MST-CAN® provides treatment to improve mental health functioning, including addressing trauma symptoms, and to decrease the misuse of substances.

MST-CAN® is an evidence-based model (EBM) that targets families where there has been a substantiated ROSH report of physical abuse and/or neglect of a child aged six – 17 years within the past 180 days. It is a treatment for serious, high risk and complex cases. MST-CAN® addresses the multiple factors known to be related to physical abuse and/or neglect across the key settings, or systems, within which the family is embedded. MST-CAN® strives to promote behavioural change in the family’s natural environment, using the strengths of each system (e.g. family, peers, school, neighbourhood, kinship, support networks) to facilitate change.

Functional Family Therapy – Child Welfare (FFT-CW®) is a home-based treatment model for families with substantiated physical abuse and/or neglect of a child or young person aged between 0 and 17 years by providing a family therapy-focused model for at-risk families. FFT-CW® addresses the underlying trauma that results in harm to children, young people and families.

The FFT-CW® model

  • addresses child abuse and neglect, substance abuse, mental illness, school difficulties, and history of out-of-home care or involvement with the NSW child protection system
  • is focused on engaging with the family’s broader social environment
  • delivers a comprehensive service to all family members, after assessing the abuse dynamics within the family
  • develops each family’s social and community networks which are considered a central component of the service response.

Data source details

Path name Data Element Definition Data Type Format
CHILDSTORYID Person: ChildStory Identifier, A-N(8)

Internal Department of Communities and Justice (DCJ) Person identifier from ChildStory. 

START_DATE Family: First Service Date, DateTime YYYY-MM-DD

The date a family started receiving a service.

EEN_DATE Family: Exit Date, DateTime YYYY-MM-DD

The date a family disengaged/exited the program.

DOB Person: Date of Birth, YYYY-MM-DD

The date of birth of the person, expressed as a date time stamp.

MODEL Program Level Agreement: Program Name, MST FFT Code AAA-AA(A)

The code that represents the description by which a program is known of the agreement between the Service Provider and DCJ, either the Multisystemic Therapy Child Abuse and Neglect (MST-CAN®) or Functional Family Therapy through Child Welfare (FFT-CW®) services.

Specific Information:

The service being delivered, either Multisystemic Therapy Child Abuse and Neglect (MST-CAN®) or Functional Family Therapy through Child Welfare (FFT-CW®).

LOCATION Address: Suburb/Town/Locality Name, Text X(46)

The name of the locality, suburb or town of the address, as represented by text.

INDIGENOUSSTATUS Family: Indigenous Status, Code X(14)

An Indicator of whether any members of a Family identify as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander.

REFERRALSTATUS Service Event: Referral Status, Code A(10)

A code representing the status of a given referral within a program

AGE Person: Age, Total Years NNN

The age of the person in (completed) years at a specific point in time.

PROVIDER Organisation: Organisation Name, Text X(200)

The full title of an organisation's name by which it trades or is recognised, as represented by text.

Specific Information:

A string code that uniquely identifies a provider of the MST or FFT service

PRIORITY_LOC Organisation: Internal Business Unit, label X(50)

An Internal Business Unit that provides services and/or care, as represented by a label

CSC Service Episode: Community Service Centre (CSC) Location, Code X(15)

A code that represents the Community Service Centre (CSC) location a Service is delivered or administered from.

DECISION You don't have permission to see this Data Element. - - -
DATE_ACCEPTED_DECLINED Service Episode: Referral Declined Date, DateTime YYYY-MM-DD

The date expressed as YYYYMMDD on which a referral was declined for an instance of service delivery.

COMPLETION_STATUS You don't have permission to see this Data Element. - - -
COMPLETION_DATE Service Episode: End Date, DateTime YYYY-MM-DD

The date expressed as YYYYMMDD on which a service episode was completed.

INGESTTIME Record: DateTime Stamp, YYYY-MM-DD

A sequence of characters or encoded information identifying when a certain event occurred, on what day, and optionally including what particular time of day.

INGESTTYPE Record: Ingest Type, Label A(6)

File (data) ingestion process type, represented by a label.

FILENAME Record: Filename, Text X(200)

File name (data) ingested into BigQuery, represented by text.

BATCHID Record: Batch Id, Text X(200)

System generated identification generated when (data) ingested into BigQuery, represented by text.