Last Updated: Friday, April 17, 2020

The Clackmannanshire Children and Families Environment Programme

What is this?

This exemplar describes a pilot project in Clackmannanshire funded through the Scottish Attainment Challenge. The Programme is an example of collaborative and partnership working based on a group prepared family meal with structured sessions for both parents, carers and children, providing practice, routines and rituals that are powerful organisers of family life.

Who is this for?

This exemplar will be of interest to school staff, CLD staff, local authorities and partner organisations interested in promoting health and positive relationships.

How to use this exemplar to improve practice?

This exemplar may provide schools and local authorities or other interested groups with some ideas for promoting healthy eating and encouraging positive relationships. It will also support schools who are keen to develop their approaches to family engagement.

After reading the exemplar, discussion using the improvement questions may help schools to reflect on their current approaches to food health, nurture and family engagement and generate ideas for improvement.

Improvement questions

  • How well do we ensure that all children feel safe, healthy, achieving, nurtured, active respected, responsible and included?
  • How well do we communicate with parents learning across these key themes?
  • How can we demonstrate that families are feeling included and that they are participating, achieving and progressing?
  • How are we ensuring that our provision is responsive to the needs of families?
  • How well are families supported in developing strategies which lead to positive relationships, better learning and better behaviour?

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What was done?

The Attainment Challenge Team approached Action for Children and Clackmannanshire Youth Service to provide staff, who already engage with local schools and communities to support the Pilot Programme.

A Primary from within the identified Attainment Challenge Schools identified families to participate in the Pilot Programme. Areas for support and development were highlighted through contact with the School.

Each family completed an engagement and confidentiality proforma. An agreed on-going assessment and impact tool was developed . All families completed a pre programme evaluation and evaluations were taken after each session.

A Ccafe Steering Group, made up of all partners was established to oversee the Pilot and the evaluation of impact.


The Clackmannanshire Children and Families Environment Programme (Ccafe) aims to provide an early intervention approach which brings parents and carers, children and young people, partners and agencies and the wider community together to ensure that whole families get the support they need to fulfil their potential both within school and beyond.

The structure of the Programme provides wider opportunities for families and children to build social networks. All the activities are led by the families, and facilitated by the identified support workers at each session.

By offering structure and wider opportunities to explore issues and concerns identified by the parents/carers, the Ccafe Programme aims to empower families to explore and improve their own wellbeing needs, strengthen their bonds and take a more active and nurturing role in their child's development.

Engagement with a wide range of local partnerships and agencies enabled families access to support that is tailored to their identified needs and within their community.

What was the impact?

Since the introduction of the Ccafe project staff have reported on increased levels of social skills and wellbeing resulting in positive interactions between peers. Parents have reported on improved behaviours of children at home and at school, improved family functioning and an increase in social relationships. Families are now meeting together out with the Ccafe programme. Parents also reported feeling an improvement in the relationship with the school.


  • Improved behaviours at home and school
  • positive interactions
  • improved achievement
  • improved family functioning
  • increased social community relationships
  • improvement in parent/community/school trust
  • increased social skills and wellbeing