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New Philanthropy Capital, independent review of over 100 charities tackling child abuse, 2007

WAVE Trust is unique in its approach to the problem of child abuse. While its work would take time to be successful, and might take a generation or more to be fully realised, its potential to create change is unrivalled by other organisations taking a less completely preventative approach.

Iain Duncan Smith, Secretary of State for Work and Pensions and Patron of WAVE

WAVE's visionary 70/30 strategy has my full backing. It tackles the roots of the problems in our society where so many address the symptoms.

Mary Black CBE, Assistant Director Public Health, Public Health Authority, Northern Ireland

I am writing to thank you for your excellent presentation and contribution to the meeting on the Infant Mental Health and Early Intervention agenda. I have had nothing but really positive feedback and appreciation of the opportunity which you provided for us to consider this important material. We at the Public Health Agency regard this work as a key priority and look forward to further contact with you as we seek to progress this.

Mel Symons, Clinical Training and Development Nurse, Health Visiting and School Nursing Management Office

I would like to take a moment to say a heart felt thank you for the inspirational delivery outlining the work carried out through the Trust work and also for re-inspiring me

Jon Rouse, Chief Executive, Croydon Council

There is no question that the WAVE Trust have been very challenging in terms of helping us to understand the importance of early intervention and prevention and I have used them across a number of away events and workshops to help my team to make that journey.

Jon Rouse, Chief Executive, Croydon Council

The impact of the WAVE Trust over the last three to fours years on our approach here in Croydon has been pretty profound. We have gone from a situation of really having no co-ordinated preventative strategy to having a proper integrated early intervention and family support approach that spans not the just local authority but actually other partners such as the PCT and hospitals as well… we owe them a debt of thanks.

Jon Rouse, Chief Executive, Croydon Council

For a very small organisation the WAVE Trust consistently punch above their weight…. I think it is their commitment to a long-term relationship that actually makes them a really good partner to work with.

Jon Rouse, Chief Executive, Croydon Council

One thing that makes it really easy to work with WAVE at local level is you can always reference their credibility at national level because they are well-known to the current Government, they worked with previous Government... So when I talk to my local politicians or local MPs about working with WAVE they already know who they are, what they stand for and what they are trying to achieve … it gives me credibility in terms of introducing these policies locally.

Rt Hon Hilary Armstrong MP, 27th Jan 2010

Your work gets more important as the months go on.

Dr. Alexander Butchart, Co-ordinator, Prevention of Violence, WHO

Thank you for the time you took for last week's visit to Geneva - it was inspiring to learn of your considerable achievements in moving an evidence-based approach to the early developmental prevention of violence ahead in the UK, and fascinating to see the close parallels between the work of WAVE and unfolding of the WHO violence prevention activities.

Robert Scott, ex-offender

Before I completed WAVE’s An End to Violence Therapeutic Programme I was angry with the world; meaning society, my community and my life. This anger caused me not to think about life or anything in a positive way, therefore I led a life down a path of destruction. One year on from completing the programme I am at peace with myself and all that the world, society and life can throw at me. I am now in a content place in my life where I am able to see life in its real reality and I am able to deal with it in a rational way without even a thought of violence.