Recovering from domestic abuse: Cedar’s impact in Scotland - National Cedar Conference


The recent national Cedar (children experiencing domestic abuse recovery) conference took place at COSLA, with keynotes including Cllr Kelly Parry, Trevor Owen (Scottish Government), Anne Marie Hicks (National Procurator Fiscal) and Cedar graduates.


Workshops ranged from interactive introductions to Cedar, EYDAR (early years domestic abuse recovery) and how local Cedar projects have adapted the Cedar model, to ACEs and gender and the Safe & Together model. Central to the event was the opportunity for delegates to hear from Cedar mother and young people graduates with lived experience.


The event highlighted the vital need for recovery programmes and demonstrated Cedar’s impact on children, young people and their mothers over the last 10 years. Through workshops, lived experience speakers and experts in the field, the conference showcased Cedar’s strengths in early intervention, including multi-agency working, resilience building and therapeutic group work, and demonstrated Cedar’s key role in supporting and strengthening current agendas, approaches and legislation across policy areas, including GIRFEC and Equally Safe.


Videos of select keynotes are available here. Please email Laura James, National Cedar Coordinator, for more information about and resources from the conference and visit our website to find out more about Cedar.


For more information on domestic abuse, children and young people, please see the recent elected member briefing, produced by the Improvement Service and Scottish Women’s Aid.