Children Experiencing Domestic Abuse Recovery (Cedar) Group Work Programme: an Action Research Evaluation for Scottish Women’s Aid, with Research for Real, Edinburgh (2009-2011)

The Children Experiencing Domestic Abuse Recovery programme (Cedar) was originally developed in Ontario, Canada. It is an evidence-based 12 week group work programme for children and young people who have experienced domestic abuse and for their mothers.

As part of Scotland’s Domestic Abuse Delivery Plan for Children & Young People, Cedar was piloted between 2008 and 2011 in three local authority areas of Scotland – the City of Edinburgh, Fife and Forth Valley. Delivery of the pilots was led by Scottish Women’s Aid working closely in partnership with the three local authorities. The pilot programme was evaluated across the three areas using a participatory action research approach. The final evaluation report  brought together the views of children, young people and mothers who took part in the programme; the experiences and reflections of practitioners and managers; a range of quantitative data; and formal research findings in the field of domestic abuse

On the strength of the evaluation, it was wonderful to hear that the Cedar programme received Big Lottery Funding in 2012 for national roll-out. Jackie Killeen, Scotland Director, Big Lottery Fund said:

Our recent funding programme to support victims of domestic abuse saw us use evaluation findings on effective approaches to helping women and children affected by domestic abuse, and fund the roll-out of these approaches into many more areas. We think this is a good way of replicating proven examples of good practice”, 9th October 2012.