FAST (Families and Schools Together)
|Name||FAST (Families and Schools Together)|
|Target Audience||Early childhood (0-5 years)|
Middle childhood (6-12 years)
At-risk or vulnerable
|CfC Objective||Supporting Families and Parents|
Create Strong Child-Friendly Communities
School Transition and Engagement
|Organisation||FAST Australia Alliance|
|Delivery Setting||School-based; home-based; community based|
Early intervention and prevention program that helps children succeed by empowering parents, connecting families, improving the school climate and strengthening community engagement.
|Delivered to||Children aged 0-17 and their parents/primary caregivers|
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.
Initially a consultative process in conducted together with FAST trainers and key stakeholders.
The accredited trainer oversees an action reflection model of program 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.
|Cost||The cost varies according to mode of delivery, the location (urban, regional or remote) and a range of local factors. Contact FAST Australia to get an indication of costs: www.fastaustralia.com.au|
Mal Galbraith (08) 8920 4355 - FAST NT Darwin
Mark Boonstra (03) 6262 5400 - Impact Communities Hobart
Fiona Lee (08) 9250 6335 – Clan Midland WA
|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.