Courses on engaging with fathers and sons

15 May 2007

Underachievement, high risk-taking, fear of crime and street violence often cause anxiety for parents with sons. Single mothers worry whether boys need fathers or male role models. How we get fathers involved is of increasing concern for Children’s Centres.

Working With Men has been working with boys and young men for over 20 years, and with fathers for the last seven. The organisation has built up solid experience of direct work and currently has 14 projects targeting boys, young men and fathers. This experience is underpinned with a knowledge of how men tick and of boys’ social development.

Now Working With Men has launched a package for Sure Starts/ Children’s Centres, to help target and engage fathers, and support parents with issues related to their sons. This includes two training courses:

Targeting and Engaging Fathers – this is based on Working With Men projects delivered through Sure Starts and teenage pregnancy units; and on research, for example including investigations undertaken for What Works with Fathers?, commissioned by the Home Office. This training can be from half a day upwards.

Raising Boys – this training is targeted at those workers supporting parents with sons, and supporting sons themselves. The training will help workers understand how boys develop and offer a range of techniques and ideas to offer parents.

If you would like to discuss this course, email Trefor Lloyd or telephone 0207 394 9333.

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