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Welcome to the Incredible Years Wales Centre Univeristy research website. This site gives information about our past, current and planned future research. The Incredible Years programme has three arms which work closely together, IY Bangor University (Research activity) IY Wales Training Ltd (Training and Sales of materials) and IY Cymru Charity (Fundraising for research and dissemination activity and support to services that are using the programmmes).

If you wish to discover more about the Incredible Years Series please visit to view information about the series in Seattle or visit its progress in Wales at to be re-directed to our IY Wales Training Ltd website.

About us

The Incredible Years Wales Centre was established in 2003 buildng on experience in using the Incredible Years Programmes since 1999. It grew out of the Bangor Child Behaviour Project which was started by Prof. Judy Hutchings, with colleagues from the North West Wales NHS Trust and Bangor University, in 1995. Its aim was to develop and promote evidence based interventions for children with conduct disorders and their families. Staff and students at the centre have completed a number of funded research projects, all associated with children who have behaviour management problems. These include;

  • small scale evaluations of the Dina Classroom Programme, small group Dina Programme and the Teacher Classroom Management Programme
  • a number of small projects on the effect on parental mental health of support with child management
  • evaluation of the Sure Start service, a four year project evaluating the Incredible Years Basic Parenting Programme with parents of high risk pre-school children living in eleven Sure Start designated areas across North and Mid Wales and Oswestry
  • supporting foster carers with the Incredible Years Parent Programme
  • a randomised control trial evaluating the effectiveness of the newly developed Toddler Parenting Programme
  • an evaluation of three interventions for children, Incredible Years, Triple-P and PATHS with the Dartington Social Research Unit
  • To see an overview of current research click here


    The centre built international links over the years with Prof. Robert Wahler at Tennessee, Dr. Jerry Patterson at Oregon, Prof. Matt Sanders at Queensland, Australia and Prof. Webster-Stratton at Seattle. It has brought many eminent visitors to Bangor. Prof. Hutchings speaks regularly throughout Britain and overseas about her work. She served on the Committee set up to identify evidence based strategies to help young children at risk of becoming violent offenders and contributed to "Support from the Start" published by the Department for Education and Skills and has been involved in supporting the DCSF funded Pathfinders project. She also served as an expert witness on NICE and has advised the Welsh Assembly Government. She has hosted many research and specialist placements for local students and for students from America, Canada and France. The centre has produced a large number of research reports and published journal articles, which can be found on our publications page.


    Since 2001 work has focused on disseminating and researching the evidence based Incredible Years Parent, Infant-Toddler, Child and Teacher Classroom Management Programmes. In addition to the Incredible Years research the centre maintains an active programme of training events throughout Wales with opportunities to train in all of the Incredible Years Programmes. It also holds an annual conference. Prof. Hutchings is authorised by Prof. Webster-Stratton, the developer of the Incredible Years Programmes, as a Trainer to train people to deliver the BASIC and ADVANCED Parenting Programmes, the Therapeutic and Classroom Dinosaur School Programmes and the Teacher Classroom Management Programme. She also delivers the Teacher Classroom Management Programme, both for Gwynedd and Anglesey teachers. We also have regular visits from Seattle to support the Centre. Please visit for more information on training and programmes.


    To see presentations from our past conference click on the link and scroll down the page to "Past Events" Incredible Years Conference 2009 - 'Using Evidence Based Programmes to Support Parents, Children and Teachers', 19th March 2009 at the Copthorne Hotel, Cardiff.


    The research team wish to thank Christopher Whitaker for offering statistical advice and expertise on all of our projects.