Local authorities & Partners

Over the next four years, we're committed to bringing FAST to thousands more children in deprived communities across the UK. We will work with local partners to train and develop a high quality workforce that can deliver the programme into the future.


As well as directly helping children and their families, FAST’s results show that the programme contributes significantly to the following school inspection areas:*

  • achievement of pupils
  • behaviour and safety of children
  • quality of leadership in, and management of, the school
  • the extent to which the school shares its vision and ethos with parents.


FAST was developed in 1988 by Dr Lynn McDonald, Professor of Social Work Research at Middlesex University. It is an internationally respected programme. It has received awards and recognition from:

  • the United Nations as a family skills programme (2010)
  • the Centre for Excellence and Outcomes in Children and Young People’s Services as an evidence-based parenting programme (2010)
  • the National Academy for Parenting Practitioners as one of ten evidence-based programmes (2008).


We’re committed to scaling up FAST to reach thousands more children in deprived communities in the UK. Our ambition is to:

  • Deliver FAST to reach more than 50,000 children by 2017. This will help us build evidence to present to the government, to ensure parental-support programmes like FAST are available to all families.
  • Train staff in local authorities and public bodies to deliver FAST, building a high quality workforce that can deliver the programme into the future.
  • Train community partners and establish a national team of supervisors, to manage the programming of FAST across the UK.

It’s an ambitious target. But we believe that by working together, we can help give even more children living in poverty a fair chance at school – and in life. 

*Data provided by the FAST 2012 Aggregate Report of 124 FAST cycles with 2,268 graduating families.