About Us

Inclusion as Prevention (IAP). An innovative community-driven project that’s aiming to collaboratively shift and re-shape the design and delivery of services for children and young people at risk of offending, and their families.

Our Vision

IAP’s commitment is to develop and support truly preventative and inclusive approaches, with a benevolent intention to intervene early against a backdrop of political uncertainty, increasing austerity and rising inequality. We aim to be empowering, inclusive, collaborative and innovative.

  • Empowering
  • Inclusive
  • Collaborative
  • Innovative
what we do

Our Approach

IAP is based in Scotland’s South Lanarkshire local authority area, currently focusing on Rutherglen and Cambuslang. This five-year project is funded by the National Lottery Community Fund.

Our approach involves shifting from the acute and crisis driven intervention taken when a young person becomes involved in offending. We seek to provide early and inclusive support to young people who are at risk of offending as a means of intervening before negative patterns of behaviour begin.  We’re also tackling - and aiming to understand - the root causes of offending.

To ensure the voices of the children and the unique needs of their community drive the re-design of early-stage services, we are combining community engagement with co-production, co-design, and improvement methodologies. We are taking an iterative and collaborative approach, placing those with lived experience and expertise at the centre of everything we do.

IAP’s core partners are South Lanarkshire Council, Action for Children, the Children and Young People’s Centre for Justice (CYCJ) and Dartington Service Design Lab.

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Who we are

Bringing together the talent and expertise of our core partners, the IAP team are passionate about shaping and delivering change. A steering group representing local third sector organisations, police, social work, health and education gives wider support.

Janet Adams

Janet Adams
Project Manager

Janet has over 25 years’ experience of working in the third sector and social work services. Currently a team leader in South Lanarkshire child and justice services, she is project manager role for IAP.

Janet is passionate about achieving better outcomes and positive change for children, families and communities, promoting opportunities for those who use and provide services to have meaningful involvement in service design and delivery, creating a future of services that “do with” and “not to”.

Kristina Moodie

Kristina Moodie

Kristina comes from a background in research for over 25 years, and for the past seven years has been working with the Children and Young People’s Centre for Justice (CYCJ), based in the University of Strathclyde.  Her role will be in evaluating the work and impact of Inclusion as Prevention (IAP).

The evaluation of IAP aims to identify and record how this works in practice and how and where these changes become sustainable and lead to system change and service redesign within South Lanarkshire.


Nate Sheach
Improvement Coordinator

Nate specialises in service design and participatory-led approaches to complex challenges. He is passionate about qualitative user research methods, analysis and synthesis of evidence, communication and visualisation techniques. Working with people to find their starting point in the challenges they face is important to him and he is committed to supporting people from that point to achieve positive outcomes through service design.

Nate has a background in the third-sector in Scotland, leading and improving services including digital advice at Shelter (the housing and homelessness charity). He facilitated numerous participatory-led design projects in Scotland, co-creating training programs for advice practitioners with an emphasis on lived experience at the heart of decision making.

Kiera Irvine

Kiera Irvine
Engagement Coordinator

Kiera has over seven years’ experience in the third sector, supporting children, young people and their families. Her passion lies in community engagement with an emphasis on empowering children, young people and their families to have their voices heard, identify their ambitions and achieve their goals.

As Engagement Coordinator, Kiera’s role is to build relationships with children, young people and their families in South Lanarkshire, finding out what matters to them and ensuring their views, experiences and ideas are at the heart of IAP shaping and redesigning services to best serve the community.



Kate Tobin
Project Executive (Improvement)

Kate leads Dartington Service Design Lab’s work in Scotland, and specialises in service design. She works with organisations who are committed to improving their impact through good design and rapid cycle testing of innovations.

Kate joined the Dartington Social Research Unit in 2009, moved into a Service Design Specialist role in the Lab in 2017, and become Director, Scotland in 2019. Over the last ten years Kate has worked on randomised controlled trials, implementation of evidence-based programmes, place-based reform efforts, epidemiological projects, and supported charities to help improve their impact.

As Improvement Executive, Kate is focused on balancing concrete shifts in resource/spending with incremental changes in practice. She has a focus on wider systems change and works with partners to promote concrete changes in outputs and embed long-term engagement.



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