In a report he NSPCC investigates the trial of two new services for infants and children who come into the care of Glasgow City Council because they are maltreated - the Glasgow Infant Family Team (GIFT) service - delivering the New Orleans Intervention Model of assessment and intervention; and the Family Assessment and Contact Team (FACS) - a social work service delivering enhanced versions of assessments.
The report, part of the NSPCC's Impact and Evidence series, investigates and unearths the key features of GIFT that distinguish it from FACS enhanced services-as-usual.
The findings showed that the mental health focus of GIFT was well received. It is a much longer process, and it aims to improve the accuracy of decisions made about permanency. The timescale of GIFT is seen as necessary to generate the level of evidence about a case that is needed in the current system.