For the majority of men, becoming a father is one of the most challenging, yet transformative, things they will ever experience. Services, traditionally designed to engage with mothers, are now increasingly coming to realise this fact, and acknowledge not only the changing role that men today are playing in family life, but the important input these individuals have in the lives of their children
Positive father involvement contributes to, and provides for, a whole range of better outcomes for children and young people. These include:
As well as biological fathers, a wide range of individuals may act as a father figure to a child. They can include: stepfathers, grandfathers, elder brothers, uncles, cousins, a mother’s new partner etc. The key factor is that they are acting as a positive role model to a child.
Taken from Children in Wales publication ‘Including Fathers in Early Years Services’
National Organisations that provide information and advice to dad’s:
Dad.info – For fathers – Free expert advice and support from legal issues, child development to financial advice and everything in between.
Invisible Fathers: Working With Young Dads Resource Pack - This pack, produced by the Fatherhood Institute includes a ‘research and practice’ guide, aDVD and photocopy-ready hand-outs for dads.
Checklist for engaging fathers in parenting programmes: The Fatherhood Institute has a short guide with tips and a checklist for engaging fathers in parenting programmes.
The Fatherhood Institute also has a free on-line course “Dads Included” which provides information on what a father-inclusive service looks like, and how to achieve it. The course is for commissioners, managers and practitioners who work with families in early years and health settings.
Including Fathers in Early Years Services: Positive Practice for Professionals - This booklet, produced by Children in Wales, provides practical examples of projects in Wales working successfully with fathers
Families need Fathers- Families Need Fathers seeks to obtain, for the children, the best possible blend of both parents in the lives of children; enough for the children to realise that both parents are fully involved in their lives. Legally, parents should be of equal status.
Fatherhood Institute – The Fatherhood Institute is the UK’s fatherhood think-tank.
Child Maintenance – Child maintenance is financial support that helps towards a child’s everyday living costs when the parents have separated.
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