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Entries in supporting fathers (3)


Positive approaches to social work with fathers

 A new handbook by Edinburgh University social work lecturer Gary Clapton challenges workers in social and health care to rethink their approach to fathers.

The majority of fathers, father-substitutes, and father figures wish to do well by their children. However, as a number of high profile cases testify, fathers often feel that they receive poor treatment at the hands of the social care system.

In Scotland, recent research points to the value of involved parenting by fathers, while government policy initiatives, such as the Gender Equality Duty and the National Parenting Strategy, have attempted to stress the importance of involving fathers in their child care.

This book proposes a father-sensitive, father-aware social work practice. It suggests that any social care system that simply adopts a default position that child care is the responsibility of women alone is hampered by its failure to acknowledge the positive potential of fathers.

The arguments advanced in the book concentrate on children and family practice, but do not neglect the importance of social work and fatherhood with vulnerable adults, as well as those within the criminal justice system.


Helping fathers get more support

A new online resource for people working with fathers called "Helping Men" is now available

It’s got lots of tips, research, news and best practice guides on making public services and social projects more accessible to men and boys

They have also launched a quick online survey for professionals to take that explores why men are generally less likely to get help than women.


Supporting fathers after separation or divorce

Results from 14 different projects providing parenting support to fathers after separation or divorce are reviewed in a new study from the Centre for Research on the Child and the Family at the University of East Anglia.

An extensive international search for published reviews of parenting education programmes revealed only 14 which involved fathers, mostly from America with one each from the UK, Australia, New Zealand and Israel.

The study's authors, Georgia Philip and Margaret O'Brien mention the debate about the absence of separated fathers from their children's lives in the first sentence of the introduction to this report.  Their study tries to assess how much fathers are included in post-separation parenting support, and also asks whether such parenting programmes can be shown to be effective.