Families and Schools        Together  Middlesex UniversityThursday 20th September          2012              03/10/2012   1
   Created by Professor Lynn McDonald in 1988   Universal programme   Early intervention/prevention strategies   Uses ...
FAST Builds Protective Factors for the             Child against Risk   Strengthens the family unit      Parent-child   ...
FAST Underpinning Theories   Social Ecological Theory, Bronfenbrenner (1979)   Social Capital, Coleman 1990   Family St...
FAST Process School identifies year groupRecruitment of Team and Families   8 Weekly Family Meetings          Graduation  ...
Parent Partners                                 School Partners            FAST TEAMMental                            Comm...
Family Unit at Family Table                        •FAST Hello & Singing                                •Meal             ...
How is FAST different?   Universal and voluntary participation   Delivered as multi hubs in UK   Strengthens parent inv...
What are the FAST Short termoutcomes? Improve family functioning. Reduce stress of daily living. Increase parent social...
What are the FAST long termoutcomes?• Increased child well being and parent  relationships• Alcohol and drug abuse.• Viole...
The FAST evaluation uses a pre and postmixed methods evaluation design, withtwo independent reporters (parent andteacher),...
Evaluation Process    Various measures are used to investigate    changes in:   Improvement   in family and parent child ...
Evaluation Measures                                                                                Programme Goals        ...
Whats next for FASTUK•Save the Children UK 2010-2014; 430 new FASTgroups for 3-5 year olds run throughout the UK•FAST is o...
Families and Schools Together UKMiddlesex University2-10 Highgate Hill,LondonN19 5LWTelephone: 020 8411 6004www.mdx.ac.uk/...
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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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  1. 1. Families and Schools Together Middlesex UniversityThursday 20th September 2012 03/10/2012 1
  2. 2.  Created by Professor Lynn McDonald in 1988 Universal programme Early intervention/prevention strategies Uses a family approach Collaborative 03/10/2012 2
  3. 3. FAST Builds Protective Factors for the Child against Risk Strengthens the family unit Parent-child Parent-to-parent bond Parent support group Parent to community  /school trust 03/10/2012 4
  4. 4. FAST Underpinning Theories Social Ecological Theory, Bronfenbrenner (1979) Social Capital, Coleman 1990 Family Stress, Hill 1959, Boss 2002 Family Systems Brain Development 03/10/2012 5
  5. 5. FAST Process School identifies year groupRecruitment of Team and Families 8 Weekly Family Meetings Graduation Monthly Follow-up Meetings (2 years) FASTWORKS 03/10/2012 6
  6. 6. Parent Partners School Partners FAST TEAMMental CommunityHealth PartnerPartner 03/10/2012 7
  7. 7. Family Unit at Family Table •FAST Hello & Singing •Meal •Scribbles •Feelings CharadesParents’ Time Kids’ Time•Buddy Time Peer Group Children divided by age•Parent Self-Help Time for group activitiesGroup Special Play Siblings One-to-One Time continue Kids’ Time Family Table LotteryClosing Circle, Announcements & RAIN 03/10/2012 8
  8. 8. How is FAST different? Universal and voluntary participation Delivered as multi hubs in UK Strengthens parent involvement with school High retention rates (2012 UK Aggregate shows 82% retention) Multi-agency collaboration Parent led monthly groups after graduation 03/10/2012 10
  9. 9. What are the FAST Short termoutcomes? Improve family functioning. Reduce stress of daily living. Increase parent social support. Improve parent-child relationship. Improve child behaviour at home and school Increase parent involvement in education. Expand parent social relationships. 03/10/2012 11
  10. 10. What are the FAST long termoutcomes?• Increased child well being and parent relationships• Alcohol and drug abuse.• Violence and aggression• School truancy and failure.• Child abuse and neglect.• Mental health problems.• Youth delinquency and antisocial behaviour. 03/10/2012 12
  11. 11. The FAST evaluation uses a pre and postmixed methods evaluation design, withtwo independent reporters (parent andteacher), using standardised instrumentswith established validity and reliability. 03/10/2012 13
  12. 12. Evaluation Process Various measures are used to investigate changes in: Improvement in family and parent child relationships Improvement in behaviour of child at home Improvement in behaviour & academic performance in school Improvement in social community relationships Improvement in social support and reciprocal exchanges Improvement in parent school relationship 03/10/2012 14
  13. 13. Evaluation Measures Programme Goals Consumer Satisfaction 3: Reduce Stress from 4: Prevent Substance 2: Prevent School 1:Improve Family Measures Used Functioning Daily Life Failure AbuseFamily Environment Scale (FES) – Family Relationship Index (Moos & Moos,1981) X X X XParent-Child Relationship (McDonald & Moberg, 2002) X X X XSelf-Efficacy (Sherer, et al., 1982; Spoth et al, 1995; Coleman &Karraker, 2000) X X XParental Involvement in Education (Epstein & Salinas, 1993; Shumow etal, 1996) XAcademic Competence (Gresham & Elliott, 1990) X XStrength and Difficulties Questionnaire (Goodman, 1997) X X XCommunity Social Relationships (McDonald & Moberg, 2002) X XSocial Support (Sherbourne & Stewart, 1991) XReciprocal Parent Support (McDonald & Moberg, 2002) X XFamilies and School Together Program Evaluation (McDonald &Billingham, 1988; Meagher, 1996; McDonald 2009) X 03/10/2012 15
  14. 14. Whats next for FASTUK•Save the Children UK 2010-2014; 430 new FASTgroups for 3-5 year olds run throughout the UK•FAST is one of a menu of evidence basedprogrammes being offered by the DfE in a pilotscheme. Parenting programme “Free vouchers”for parents in Middlesbrough, High Peaks andCamden. 03/10/2012 16
  15. 15. Families and Schools Together UKMiddlesex University2-10 Highgate Hill,LondonN19 5LWTelephone: 020 8411 6004www.mdx.ac.uk/fast 03/10/2012 17

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