Groups will take place locally, during the school day. You will get help to travel to the group, and back to school, if you need it.
Who else will be at the Cedar group?
There will be about 6 – 8 young people in the group, around the same age as you. Everybody who takes part in the group will have experienced domestic abuse in their family.
There will be three adult group workers to help with activities and discussions.
Who will know that I am going to the Cedar group?
Your mum will know, and she will have the opportunity to go a mothers group so that she can get support to talk to you about what has happened.
We will arrange with the relevant staff for you to get time off school. It is up to you who else you tell.
What do you do at Cedar group?
Each week the facilitators will welcome you and the other children or young people to group. There will be an opportunity to say how things are going and the facilitator will explain what’s happening in that session. You mum will also be able to tell you what’s going to happen in group that week so it won’t be a complete surprise! There will then we some activities and discussion, these activities could include drawing, Pictionary, using play-doh, making models, volcanoes and painting. There’s many more too! The discussion are an opportunity for you to share some of your experiences about he hurting in your families. It is up to you if you want to share your stories, but they will remain private and won’t leave the group. Your facilitator will explain more about this. There is also some free time where you can play with the games available. There will then be an opportunity to say how you are feeling before going back to school or your home.
You can read about what some of the other children and young people who have gone to Cedar group have said.
Will anyone else hear what I share?
Confidentiality: At the CEDAR Project you can share your experiences safely and without fear of what you say being repeated to others. BUT if workers feel that you or another person may be at risk then they will have to share that information with people who can help.
Is it confidential?
At the Cedar Project you can share your experiences safely and without fear of what you say being repeated to others. BUT if workers feel that you or another person may be at risk then they will have to share that information with people who can help. We will not repeat what your child says in group as we also respect their right to confidentiality, but will suggest and support them to share their experiences with you.
Will my child be treated with respect?
You child and their experiences is at the heart of Cedar. We will absolutely treat them with care and respect, reinforcing positive boundaries and also supporting their journey through Cedar. The programme is designed for your child to share their experiences with other children who have had similar experiences. Our facilitators are trained to hold that space to make sure everyone is kept safe and feels valued.
Where will it be? Will there be transport? Is the transport vetted? How will we know they arrived ok
Groups will take place locally, during the school day. You will get help to travel to the group, and back to home, if you need it. You child will also go to a group locally (not always at the same venue) and will have transport to and from the venue. The transport is vetted and you will be contacted by the children’s coordinator to let you know they have arrived safely and have been returned to school.
How many weeks?
Cedar is for 12 weeks, it is usually held during term time.
What will the school say, will they be alright?
The school will be supportive of your child’s decision to attend group and the Cedar coordinator will work with the school to make sure they have appropriate information to feel confident about allowing them to go to Cedar group.
Will they behave?
A common concern! There may be times when your child may find it difficult to be in group and engage positively, but our facilitators are experience with working with children and reinforcing positive boundaries. The children and young people establish their own group rules and usually respect and adhere to these rules.
What activities will they do?
The activities are varied, some are active, some are creative. Your child will have the chance to take part in fun and creative activities that will include painting and drawing, Pictionary, arts and crafts, play-doh, model making, puppets just to name a few. They are age appropriate and there is an opportunity for all ages to have some free time and play with games. There will also be space to discuss their experiences of domestic abuse. This will be structured and supported.
What sort of questions will they have?
You child will most likely want to share with you what they have done in group and may very well wan to talk to you about what has happened. This might be after the first group or not until the second or third. Every child is different. In the mothers group will provide you with tools and resources that will help talk with you child. Other mums will have tips too.
Who are the children working with?
Your children will typically be working with three people. All of whom will have been trained in the Cedar approach. They come from a range of backgrounds but are all professional and have had full disclosure checks. Typically there will be a children’s coordinator plus two facilitators. You child will know the names of the facilitators before they start.
What will be the emotional effect if they open up?
Cedar is a well evidenced programme that is proven to bring positive outcomes for children and their mothers. Each family is different, and the recovery journey and healing process is different for every child and mother. A lot of the work will actually happen outside of group as you begin to talk with your child about their experiences. There is support from the coordinator, facilitator and other mothers during this time.
What happens after group?
Towards the end of the 12 week programme, the coordinator will begin to work with you to think about after Cedar group. They will talk to you about additional services and support and other mothers will share ideas about what is available for you access. We will make sure you are connecting with the support and services you and your family to continue on its journey towards recovery.
How do I make a referral?
Cedar is active across a range of local authorities in Scotland. You can make a referral to the Cedar project in your area. There is clear criteria for a young person to access Cedar withmore information on making a referral available on this website.
There’s no Cedar project in my area – who else can help?
There will be a range of voluntary and statutory services that may be able to provide a service or support to the child or family you are working alongside. Each local authority region has a local Women’s Aid project which may be a good first point of contact; you can also contact your local Violence against Women Coordinator who will be able to signpost you to relevant statutory and voluntary organisations in your area.
Who are the Cedar Coordinators and what do they do?
Cedar Coordinators play a pivotal role in the way Cedar groups are organised and facilitated. The Cedar Coordinators are responsible for taking referrals from professionals and families and assessing if Cedar is the right service the child or young person, signposting to additional local services, overseeing and delivering the group work programme.
It is the coordinator you will speak to when you contact the Cedar project and it will be the coordinator who will continue to be a single point of contact.
Can I become a facilitator?
We welcome co-facilitators from a whole range of professional backgrounds. The Cedar network looks for a range of expertise and experience from education to police, health to social work to name a few. There are a couple of key steps you can take towards exploring this possibility and these are detailed on the ‘Becoming a Facilitator’ section of the website. Each local project has a coordinator who is responsible for the recruitment of facilitators and you should contact your local project in the first instance.
I’m interested in delivering Cedar – are there resources you can share with me?
Cedar is a branded and copywrite-protected programme. We are keen to maintain the integrity and core curriculum of Cedar. Many of the activities make excellent stand alone activities to do in a group or one to one setting. However, it is important to note that delivering one of these activities, does not mean you are delivering Cedar. We are keen to support our colleagues across Scotland and if you have specific resource requirements, please get in contact with the national Cedar team to discuss options.
What evidence is there that Cedar works?
Before Cedar was brought to Scotland it was highly respected as an evidenced based group work programme. This means it was developed over time drawing on a range of professional experience, academic research as well as monitored with carefully designed and report evaluation tools.
Scottish Women’s Aid supported a Scottish Government funded pilot of Cedar across three local authority regions. This pilot was evaluated using Action Research, a hands-on, in depth evaluation approach. As a result of this evaluation – the Cedar Evaluation was published which demonstrates the impact that Cedar makes in the lives of children, young people and their mothers.
You can read the executive summary of this evaluation, or if you want in depth information about the impact Cedar makes, you can also read the full evaluation.
Can men access Cedar?
Cedar is project for children and young people and their mothers. It has been developed with mothers in mind. The evidence suggests that there are better outcomes for children and young people when there is someone to support them through the Cedar programme. Therefore we work with primary care givers and kinship carers, although it is not suitable for them to attend the mothers group. We do not deliver a service for children where mothers are the perpetrator of domestic abuse against the father; however we are open to working with organisations who are looking to develop this service locally.