Conference for fathers in families with additional support needs

Published: 12 July 2007

Dad’s the word: understanding the importance of fathers in families with additional support needs is the title of a Children in Scotland conference to be held in Falkirk in September.

There is growing recognition in national family policy of the important contribution that fathers make to family life. Furthermore, research shows that fathers of children with additional support needs are often marginalised and their caring role is generally overlooked.

This conference will:

  • Draw on the findings from the Recognising Fathers report produced by the Foundation for People with Learning Difficulties and consider its recommendations in a Scottish context
  • Consider the experience of fathers of children with additional support needs
  • Look at the important role fathers play in family life, consider their support needs and provide tips and practical advice on a range of issues facing fathers in a caring role
  • Consider how professionals and services can better meet the needs of this often overlooked group of carers.

To find out more, call Julia Macintosh on 0131 222 2438 or email Children in Scotland’s conferences team.

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