The New Orleans Intervention Model: Evaluation

The Department for Education (DfE) has published findings from an evaluation of the effectiveness of the London Infant and Family Team (LIFT) service. The service used the New Orleans Intervention Model (NIM), a service approach that provides intensive assessment and treatment for families of children aged 0-5 years in foster care, which informs recommendations to the court about adoption or permanent return to birth families. LIFT which was delivered in Croydon by the NSPCC in collaboration with South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust. The evaluation found that the LIFT service and NIM in general have the potential to address some of the challenges in Family Courts arising from a lack of analysis and evidence, leading to judges expressing concern about some plans that are presented to them.

Source: DfE

Further information: The New Orleans Intervention Model: early implementation in a London borough: evaluation report (PDF)