the cedar story
Cedar was developed in Scotland thanks in part to Scottish Government funding allocated to the implementation of the National Domestic Abuse Delivery Plan for Children & Young People
Scottish Women’s Aid introduced this approach to Scotland and along with local partners based in local authority areas; developed and tested this approach from a highly successful model that was developed in Ontario, Canada and piloted and evaluated the model in Scotland over a 3 year period. The name Cedar is particular to the Scottish adaptation of the approach but the core programme, ethos and values of this remain exactly the same as the model that was developed and implemented in Canada.
During the pilot period the project was researched and evaluated using an ‘Action Research’ approach in order to measure change and adapt the approach to fit the Scottish context. The final evaluation of Cedar pilots in Scotland demonstrated that Cedar is a powerful and cost effective approach that brings about transformational change for children and mothers affected by domestic abuse.
The Big Lottery subsequently provided funding to a further 12 projects, across 12 local authority areas for 3 years, as well as providing funding to establish a national Cedar project. The role of the national project is to support the development of Cedar across Scotland. The national project is dedicated to involving children, young people and mothers who have graduated from the Cedar programme in the design and development of tools and resources to support the progression of Cedar in Scotland.
You can find out more about the national Cedar team.