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We Thought They Didn’t See: Cedar in Scotland - Children and Mothers Experiencing Domestic Abuse Recovery evaluation report and executive summary

Cedar (Children Experiencing Domestic Abuse Recovery) in Scotland is a psycho-educational, multi-agency initiative for children and young people who have behavioural, emotional and social difficulties as a consequence of their experience of domestic abuse.

Cedar provided a therapeutic 12-week group work programme for children and young people in recovery from domestic abuse, alongside a concurrent group work programme for their mothers.

The development and evaluation of the Cedar projects in Scotland was one of thirteen priorities identified in the Scottish Government National Domestic Abuse Delivery Plan for Children & Young People. Cedar has the potential to contribute to a wide range of cross-cutting outcomes and policy agendas, both nationally and locally.

There is strong interest in the Cedar approach in Scotland and elsewhere across the UK. The broader adoption of Cedar now rests on decisions by local authorities in Scotland. This report is written for professional policy makers and children’s service practitioners and planners in the UK and beyond, who are interested in Cedar and considering the adoption of the Cedar approach in their own area.

In planning and commissioning services for children and young people and their families in social work, education, and child and adolescent metal health, managers need access to and understanding of evidence in designing services and programmes to meet national and local outcomes. Evaluation evidence has an important role to play in informing decisions on where money is spent to achieve agreed outcomes.

Key Findings

The final evaluation report brings together evidence from the entire Cedar pilot programme. It builds on the Interim Evaluation Report which provided early findings from the first year of operation.1 It shows how Cedar fits into a bigger picture of outcomes for children and young people and complements the associated Part 1 of the Cedar Toolkit (The Cedar Framework) which provides more hands-on guidance about the operation of the Cedar approach.

This brief presents a summary of final evaluation findings. The full report, We Thought They Didn’t See: Cedar in Scotland - Children and Mothers Experiencing Domestic Abuse Recovery, can be accessed via our website: http://cedarnetwork.org.uk/

Evaluation Report Final.pdf
Added: February 5, 2015
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