Focused always on finding what's missing and then supplying it, WAVE has been developing preventive solutions to entrenched social problems, and working with partners to get these solutions put into practice. Here are some of Wave's achievements:

  • introducing our top recommended programme Family Nurse Partnership (FNP) to the UK. FNP benefits over 40,000 vulnerable young, first-time parents and their infants in the UK. FNP is being provided by all Scottish health board areas and is also being run in Northern Ireland and England.
  • working closely with Health and Social Care Trusts to promote infant mental health provision

  • inspiring and serving as Secretariat for the APPG for Prevention of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) in Westminster and the Cross Party Group for ACE Prevention & Healing in Holyrood. Both cross-party groups are predominantly attended by politicians on a monthly basis and are action-orientated.

  • instigating and overseeing the initial four nation (now 5 nation)  6-monthly ACEs workshops which bring together senior civil servants, policymakers, NHS trusts, Senior Police officers and other key decision-makers  interested in exploring and furthering the ACEs agenda.
  • Promoting implementation of the practical recommendations in the report 'Conception to Age 2 – The Age of Opportunity' (see Library). The report is being used by Unicef in their work with health ministries in Central and Eastern Europe, Russia and Asia; other countries using the report to inform practice include Italy, Iceland, Australia and Mexico.

  • Forming a coalition of charities and academics which ensured the inclusion of the very early years was added in the Children & Young People (Scotland) Act 2014
  • Giving evidence to Parliamentary Select Committees
  • Advising government departments (e.g. Dept for Educ, Dept of Health)on the conception to age 2 period and drafting policy recommendations
Read more:

Conception to age 2 - the age of opportunity

  • We established the Trauma-informed Communities (TiC) project and have so far provided ongoing support to 12 areas across the UK – as well as providing advice to others – as they pursue their ambitions to make their areas trauma-informed.
  • We coordinated the remarkably broad and powerful coalition that influenced the Children and Young People (Scotland) Act 2014. Through this legislation and the subsequent statutory guidance, the WAVE-coordinated coalition is establishing a firm legal foundation for prevention within children’s services and more robust governmental support for the first 1,001 days of life.
  • We inspired and served as the secretariat for the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Conception to Age 2 – The First 1001 Days. This group meets quarterly and sustains the focus of cross-party support on the early years and advances new research and policy.
Find out more:

WAVE Trust Evidence on Prevention to the Scottish Parliament Finance Committee November 2010

  • We helped develop the Big Lottery Fund’s £165 million A Better Start project and our CEO George Hosking OBE sat on the steering group. Watch George talking about the project below.
  • Through years of speeches, meetings, workshops, research dissemination and all other activities, WAVE and our network of ambassadors have helped spread the word about ACEs, primary prevention and trauma-informed approaches across the UK and beyond, contributing to the wider ACEs movement and other similar efforts.


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