FAST is a two-year programme designed to prevent school failure, aggression, delinquency and substance use in at-risk school children aged 5-10. Groups of 8-12 families meet for eight consecutive weeks. Sessions last 2.5 hours and take place after school. Meetings are facilitated by a team of trained facilitators, including, for example, parents (ideally a FAST graduate), mental health specialists, and school and community agency representatives. Each session includes a family meal, family communication games (supported by coaching), time for parents to talk with other parents while children play under supervision, and parent-child one-to-one (also supported by coaching). This is followed by monthly multi-family group meetings (2.5-4 hours) for two years led by parents who have completed the programme and who decide on the agenda for each meeting.
|Target group||School children aged 5-10 who are perceived as being 'at risk'.|
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|Impact of intervention||
Test scores: 0.10
*statistically significant at p<0.05
Figure(s) taken from this report.
Lynn McDonald, PhD
|Local authorities running the intervention in the UK||
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