'I have disseminated the information you gathered to at least 1000 professionals in the past year…your work is being promoted directly to high-level policy makers (e.g., the Scottish Executive) as well as to practitioners working on the ground (e.g., health visitors, volunteer agencies). [WAVE has] significantly more influence in the field of early years intervention than many other organisations do. I will continue to speak of your work – including at the House of Lords.'
— Dr. Suzanne Zeedyk, Senior Lecturer in Developmental Psychology, University of Dundee
Age 5 - 11
This section lists interventions suitable for children of primary school age - 5 to 11.
Harlem Children's Zone
The Harlem Children’s Zone seeks to rebuild a very run-down part of New York with an ambitious pipeline which begins with The Baby College (a series of workshops for parents of children ages 0-3) and goes on to include best-practice programmes for children of every age through to college. The programme is judged to have closed the black-white achievement gap in its area of New York.
CASASTART is a community based programme, delivered within the school setting in 5 cities in the United States, designed to keep high risk 8 to 13 year olds free of drug and crime involvement. The programme is voluntary, and children participate for up to 2 years. It was developed by The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University (CASA). The programme has successfully reduced violence and drug abuse.
The Montreal Longitudinal study was of a school-based parent training that identifies boys with disruptive behaviour in kindergarten but does not work with them until age 7. The 2-year programme then delivered showed positive impact, including lower likelihood of being involved in gangs. Follow-up at age 24 showed that two thirds of the disadvantage of these disruptive kindergarten children had been removed by this 2-year intervention at age 7-9.
Roots of Empathy (ROE) is a parenting programme for school children aged 3 to 14, currently being delivered with great success to over 50,000 children per annum in 2,000 classrooms in Canada, USA, Australia and since 2008 in the Isle of Man. It was introduced to both Northern Ireland and Scotland in 2010. Its fundamental goal is to break the intergenerational cycle of violence and poor parenting. Its introduction to Isle of Man, Northern Ireland and Scotland all arose from work carried out by WAVE with local communities or voluntary associations in these areas and with Roots of Empathy in Canada.