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Roots of Empathy (Action for Children)

A programme to significantly decrease aggressive behaviour and improve empathy and recognition of needs and emotions, focusing on caring for a baby.

Project summary

  • Funding awarded: £992,133
  • Duration of programme: 3 years
  • Number of beneficiaries: 4,050
  • Replication areas (England): Newcastle, Ashington tbc, Gateshead tbc, Hartlepool tbc
  • Replication areas (Wales): Cardiff, Neath Port Talbot, Vale of Glamorgan
  • Partners: Cardiff County Council Education Service, Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council, London Borough of Havering Council, London Borough of Islington Council, Newcastle City Council and Durham Council

Intervention: Roots of Empathy

Roots of Empathy (ROE) is a programme that significantly decreases children’s aggressive behaviour and increases their pro-social behaviour.

It involves regularly bringing a mother and baby into a classroom. Through observing the baby’s development, children learn to understand the baby’s needs and emotions and gain understanding of how to care for a baby safely.

ROE involves 27 sessions over nine months. A volunteer mother and baby make nine monthly visits to a school class of children. Themes include crying, caring and planning, emotions, sleep and communicating.

Each visit is preceded and followed by a session led by an instructor who helps prepare the children and reinforces learning through group discussions, artwork, maths, drama and writing.

Delivery organisation: Action for Children

Action for Children is a children’s charity who work with over 50,000 children and young people of all ages. It runs 480 projects across the UK, and tackles issues such as child neglect and abuse.

Action for Children also provides services to children in care, disabled children and young people; including adoption and fostering services, family support services, and specialist schools.

Contact details

Roots of empathy