The programme empowers parents, promotes social inclusion, and strengthens relationships within schools and the wider community resulting in:
Higher pupil attendance rates
Parents more involved with their child’s school and their education
Increased self-esteem in the children
Reduction of child conduct disorders in school
Middlesex University is currently developing the secondary model of the programme and has pilot sites running in Northern Ireland and Birmingham. The secondary programme adds a further dimension to the FAST team by introducing 4th year students to act as peer mentors to 1st Year students before, during and after the programme is run.
The focus for FAST UK moving forward is to continue to build on our work to date by developing the FAST programmes and a sustainable model. In order to embed FAST into communities and grow the FASTWORKS groups there is a need for FAST to be delivered at community level by local trainers who have the knowledge, understanding and networks in the area.