Project: Study of a an Intensive Family Preservation Service in England

Funder: two local authorities and a voluntary agency

Dates: 1999 – 2001

Research Team: Professor Marian Brandon and Jo Connolly

This study evaluated the first year of an Intensive Family Preservation scheme and followed up 80 families who had received the service and a comparison group of 80 families who had received ordinary services only. Findings revealed that intensive services did not prevent children being accommodated, but they did help parents to tolerate and cope with the difficult behaviour of their children. Families interviewed one year after the service had ceased were still using coping strategies taught to them by the highly skilled project workers.


Brandon M and Connolly J (2006) ‘Are Intensive Preservation Services Useful: A UK Study' Journal of Family Preservation Vol 9, 56-69 Click here for a copy of the full report.