For a very small organisation the WAVE Trust consistently punch above their weight…. I think it is their commitment to a long-term relationship that actually makes them a really good partner to work with.
— Jon Rouse, Chief Executive, Croydon Council
These are interventions that call for whole-community involvement. They cover programmes for parents, interventions for children, and many others. The common theme is that the whole community is engaged to bring about certain desired outcomes.
Families Commission, New Zealand
The New Zealand Families Commission works to promote a better understanding of family issues and needs among government agencies and the wider community. The Commission encourages debate, stimulates research and helps shape government policies.
The Stop ACEs’ Group in New York State has galvanised the local community to respond to the powerful research by Drs Anda and Felitti, showing that Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) such as being abused or neglected, witnessing domestic violence or growing up in a household with alcoholic or drug-abusing carers has lifelong impacts on physical and mental health, economic prospects and life expectancy.
SKIP (Strategies with Kids, Information for Parents) is a government-funded nationwide campaign which is transforming the way people think about parenting in New Zealand, raising the public profile of the issue in a wholly positive manner and putting life back into the concept that it takes a whole village to raise a child.
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.
We also include two local population-level initiatives to raise parenting standards and protect children from maltreatment: one in 18 counties of South Carolina; the other in South Brisbane, Australia. Both initiatives are based on the Triple P model, and both have produced very positive findings of the effectiveness of such a public health approach to prevention.
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.
We recommend two population-level initiatives to raise parenting standards and protect children from maltreatment: one in 18 counties of South Carolina; the other in South Brisbane, Australia (The 'Beyond Blue' initiative). Both initiatives are based on the Triple P model, and both have produced very positive findings of the effectiveness of such a public health approach to prevention.
Community Initiative to Reduce Violence (CIRV), Glasgow
Based on the Boston Ceasefire model, CIRV (Community Initiative to Reduce Violence) is a Glasgow-based community and police initiative to reduce violence in the worst gang violence area of Glasgow. In its first year it has successfully enrolled more than half the 700 gang members from the east end of Glasgow in a commitment to renounce violence and has seen violence by these youths drop by 49%, with a knock-on effect of an 18% reduction in violence by gang members who did not sign up to the initiative.