Evidence-based ParentingProgrammes and Social Inclusion         20th September Middlesex University     FAST Overview    0...
What is FAST?
History of FAST•   Created by Prof. Lynn McDonald in 1988•   Universal programme•   Early intervention/prevention strategi...
SchoolParents                             Community-                             based                             agencie...
Amongst other things -   What makes FAST special?     An evidence-based parenting     programme           • 2 day training...
• Experiential• Builds child-parent, parent-school and family-community  bonds• Multi-agency working/fostering trust among...
FAST Programme Goals• Helping children to succeed in school and  in the community• Increasing parental involvement in scho...
FAST – Underpinning Values• Empowerment           • Table-based coaching• Shared responsibility (governance)• Cultural rep...
FAST underpinning theories   •   Social Ecological Theory   •   Social Capital   •   Family Stress   •   Family Systems   ...
Recruitment of Families• FAST recruitment must involve face to face  contact with parents.• Parent partners must be involv...
FAST First Session (2.5 Hours)• Family Flags ~ 15 minutes• Welcome ~ 5 minutes• FAST Hello ~ 5 minutes• FAST song ~ 5 minu...
Family Flags
Scribbles03/10/12               13
Scribbles03/10/12               14
SpecialActivity lay      P     The parent spends 15 minutes with their child            playing together. The child leads ...
Special Session (Week 5)• Each parents group chooses a topic to  explore with their families on Week 5• The team facilitat...
What do evaluations show?     94% Retention Rate for families in the UK                         03/10/12                17
Graduating as a family03/10/12                            18
FASTWORKSFASTWORKS is a monthly (some groupsopt for weekly or bi-monthly) follow up seriesof meetings held for 2 years aft...
Evaluation ProcessParents and teachers complete questionnaires before and after  the eight week FAST programmeEvaluation o...
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Workshop Presentation from the Evidence Based Parenting Programmes and Social Inclusion conference held at Middlesex University, 20th September 2012

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  • FAST is a parental support, pre-school to primary transition initiative. Created by Dr Lynn McDonald in 1988, early intervention/prevention strategy, it uses a family approach. Now in 8 countries and has received many awards. Preventing poverty through education partnerships We will improve the support children living in poverty receive outside school by: Supporting children and parents to learn together Providing parents with the skills, confidence and resources to help with their child ’ s learning at home and to engage with school. Helping to build stronger bonds between families and schools How we plan to do it Establish supportive groups of parents, children and community members Build their skills and capacity to support children ’ s learning - 8 weekly multi-family sessions of coaching, hands-on learning and support . P4C To establish informal networks of local support Our work will focus on parents of children between 3 and 5 years old
  • J ust on the first night
  • Activity: groups – ideas on encouraging parents to participate in FAST. Remember universal – not targeted.
  • Families and Schools Together (Workshop 2)

    1. 1. Evidence-based ParentingProgrammes and Social Inclusion 20th September Middlesex University FAST Overview 03/10/12 1
    2. 2. What is FAST?
    3. 3. History of FAST• Created by Prof. Lynn McDonald in 1988• Universal programme• Early intervention/prevention strategies• Family group approach• Cross agency collaboration03/10/12 3
    4. 4. SchoolParents Community- based agencies FAST TeamMental 40 familieshealth per site cycle 03/10/12 4
    5. 5. Amongst other things - What makes FAST special? An evidence-based parenting programme • 2 day training for ‘professionals’ and parent partners • Trainer works closely with teams and comes 3 times over the 8 weekly group meetings, giving on-site supervision at the school and feedback about programme integrity03/10/12 5
    6. 6. • Experiential• Builds child-parent, parent-school and family-community bonds• Multi-agency working/fostering trust amongst professionals• Sustainable – Training of Trainer/development of local trainers and parent led FASTWORKS• High retention rates• Middlesex University accreditation03/10/12 6
    7. 7. FAST Programme Goals• Helping children to succeed in school and in the community• Increasing parental involvement in school• Stress reduction on daily routines for children and families• Strengthening family cohesion and reducing chronic family conflict• Substance abuse intervention/prevention03/10/12 7
    8. 8. FAST – Underpinning Values• Empowerment • Table-based coaching• Shared responsibility (governance)• Cultural representation03/10/12 8
    9. 9. FAST underpinning theories • Social Ecological Theory • Social Capital • Family Stress • Family Systems • Brain Development 03/10/12 9
    10. 10. Recruitment of Families• FAST recruitment must involve face to face contact with parents.• Parent partners must be involved and parents told about all the components of the programme.• FAST is presented as a fun, free activity for ALL the family that helps children at school and helps parents get to know other parents.03/10/12 10
    11. 11. FAST First Session (2.5 Hours)• Family Flags ~ 15 minutes• Welcome ~ 5 minutes• FAST Hello ~ 5 minutes• FAST song ~ 5 minutes• Family Meal: Children serve the parents ~ 30 minutes• Scribbles ~ 15 minutes• Feeling Charades ~ 15 minutes• Parents’ Buddy Time/ Parent’s Time/ Children’s Time ~ 30 minutes (Peer group time)• Special Play: one-to-one ~ 15 minutes• Lottery ~ 10 minutes• Closing circle and RAIN ~ 5 minutes
    12. 12. Family Flags
    13. 13. Scribbles03/10/12 13
    14. 14. Scribbles03/10/12 14
    15. 15. SpecialActivity lay P The parent spends 15 minutes with their child playing together. The child leads the play, not the parent.Outcome Improves the parent-child bond.Research Sylvia Hewlett, Kate Kogan, Salvador Minuchin, Russell Berkeley, Shedler and Block, Alice Miller
    16. 16. Special Session (Week 5)• Each parents group chooses a topic to explore with their families on Week 5• The team facilitates this by liaising with community based agencies• Topics have included: housing, dealing with debt, substance misuse, massage, zumba
    17. 17. What do evaluations show? 94% Retention Rate for families in the UK 03/10/12 17
    18. 18. Graduating as a family03/10/12 18
    19. 19. FASTWORKSFASTWORKS is a monthly (some groupsopt for weekly or bi-monthly) follow up seriesof meetings held for 2 years after the FASTcourse ends – Parent led with FAST Team support – Continues to build bonds and support networks – Community based projects and activities undertaken
    20. 20. Evaluation ProcessParents and teachers complete questionnaires before and after the eight week FAST programmeEvaluation of these questionnaires involves various measures to investigate changes in:1. Improvement in family and parent child relationships2. Improvement in behaviour of child at home3. Improvement in behaviour & academic performance in school4. Improvement in social community relationships5. Improvement in social support and reciprocal exchanges6. Improvement in parent school relationship03/10/12 20

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