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Roots of Empathy in Scotland


Roots of Empathy launched programmes in Scotland in 2010.

Scotland is the first country worldwide to deliver Roots of Empathy in every council area, following £1.2 million Scottish Government funding.

Scotland was also the first European region to introduce Seeds of Empathy.

What can Roots of Empathy teach the world?

  • North Lanarkshire Council’s Psychological Services conducted research on Roots of Empathy, revealing that the program significantly increased empathy and decreased aggression in Scottish students
  • 95% of pupils reported that Roots of Empathy helped them to learn that everybody has feelings. (Roots of Empathy 2022-23 Annual Programme Evaluation, Scotland)