National Cedar Project

The Improvement Service has been awarded funding from the National Lottery Community Fund to provide strategic support to Cedar groups working in 10 local authority areas across Scotland.

Cedar (Children Experiencing Domestic Abuse Recovery) is currently the only evidence-based, domestic abuse recovery programme operating in Scotland that takes a collaborative, strengths-based approach to working with children and young people, and their mothers. The model has a strong track record of improving outcomes for children and young people affected by domestic abuse and has proven highly effective at supporting families that other services struggle to engage with.

From 2017-2020, the Improvement Service will be coordinating the National Cedar Network, which brings together representatives from Cedar groups across Scotland to share information, learning and resources. We will also be providing strategic support to individual Cedar groups to assist them to become more integrated and sustainable at local level, and help them to better measure and demonstrate their impact and deliver improved outcomes for children and young people affected by domestic abuse.

For more information about Cedar, please visit the Cedar website.

Recovering from Domestic Abuse: Cedar’s Impact in Scotland

Conference, 3 May 2019

The Cedar conference, held in May 2019, aimed to:

  • Raise awareness of the causes, consequences and appropriate responses to domestic abuse impacting children, young people and their mothers;
  • Highlight the vital need for recovery programmes such as Cedar and demonstrate, through lived experience speakers and experts in the field, the impact that Cedar has had on mothers, children and young people recovering from domestic abuse across Scotland over the last 10 years;
  • Showcase Cedar’s strengths in early intervention for children, young people, and their mothers who have experienced domestic abuse, including multi-agency working, resilience building and therapeutic group work; and
  • Demonstrate Cedar’s key role in supporting and strengthening current agendas, approaches and legislation to, in particular, GIRFEC and Equally Safe.

Over 100 attendees from more than 60 organisations attended the conference. The conference report is now available.

Joanna McLaughlin - National Violence Against Women Co-ordinator