The Cedar Project, which was originally developed in Canada, provides a therapeutic 12- week, group- work programme for children and young people who have experienced domestic abuse. This runs alongside a concurrent group work programme for their mothers.
The programmes are designed to encourage both mothers and children to work together towards recovery from their experiences. The format aims to breakdown the taboos and fears that prevent both mothers and children from talking about their attitudes and feelings regarding the abuse, especially with each other. Therein facilitating more open communication.
Scottish Women's Aid has worked in partnership with 3 Local Authority areas and with the Scottish Government to adapt, develop and implement this project which is being tested in Scotland. The project has been funded on a pilot basis for 2008-2011 by the Scottish Government in three areas in Scotland: the City of Edinburgh, Fife and Forth Valley (Stirling, Falkirk and Clackmannanshire).
The development and evaluation of the Cedar projects in Scotland is one of thirteen priorities identified in the National Domestic Abuse Delivery Plan for Children & Young People.