Communities for Children Facilitating Partners Evidence-based programme profiles

FAST (Families and Schools Together)

Name

FAST (Families and Schools Together)

Target audience

Infants (0-2 years)
Early childhood (3-5 years)
Middle childhood (6-12 years)
Parents
At-risk or vulnerable

CfC Objective

Supporting Families and Parents
Create Strong Child-Friendly Communities
School Transition and Engagement

Organisation

Families and Schools Together

Delivery Setting

School-based; home-based

Description

Early intervention and prevention programme that helps children succeed by empowering parents, connecting families, improving the school climate and strengthening community engagement.

FAST delivery has been successful in the remotest of Indigenous communities in Australia through to schools and families in our capital cities.

More information about the FAST NT program can be found in our Knowledge Circle Practice Profile: https://apps.aifs.gov.au/ipppregister/projects/families-and-schools-together-northern-territory

Delivered to

Children aged 0-17 experiencing disruptive behaviours who at risk of education failure, and their parents/primary caregivers.

Delivered by

At the local level, FAST is run by trained 4-8 person FAST Teams comprised of parents, teachers and school representatives, and community-based professionals. Each FAST Team is representative of the population served, that is, consistent with the gender, ethnicity and culture of the participating families.

Each team is trained by an credited National trainer

Program Structure

Initially a consultative process in conducted together with FAST trainers and key stakeholders.

There are three phases in FAST:

  • An outreach process in which trained FAST parent and professional facilitators invite families to participate in FAST through face-to-face visits at the family home and at their convenience.
  • An 8-week (2½ hour school-based meeting) multi-family group process for 10-15 families facilitated by a collaborative, community based team (parent and professional facilitators).
  • An ongoing two-year follow-up programme, FASTWORKS, consisting of monthly multi-family meetings of FAST graduates, which is run by the parents with the support of the FAST team.
Training

The accredited trainer oversees an action reflection model of programme delivery.

Learn: FAST begins with learning. Prior to the first FAST Cycle, a Certified FAST Trainer conducts a comprehensive two-day program orientation to prepare FAST Team Members to run the program accurately and efficiently.

Plan: Occurs on site in the local community.

Do: Always occurs on site, with Certified Trainer offering on-going weekly monitoring and support to ensure programme integrity and consistent implementation.

Review: Occurs throughout the FAST process including team and family evaluation.

Cost

The cost varies according to mode of delivery, the location (urban, regional or remote) and a range of local factors. Contact FAST to get an indication of costs.

Contact

Phone:
Mal Galbraith (08) 8920 3530 - FAST NT Darwin
Mark Boonstra (03) 6230 9200 - Impact Communities Hobart

Website:
http://www.fastnt.org.au/
http://www.impactcommunities.org.au/families-and-schools-together/

Evaluation and effectiveness

Multiple studies including RCTS document positive behavioural outcomes at post-test, with at least one study indicating positive behavioural impacts at follow-up at least one year after the intervention ended.

Further information on research and RCTs can be found here: http://familiesandschools.org/why-fast-works/