A father-inclusive approach to supporting couple relationships and the co-parenting team

25 July 2013

In partnership with the Tavistock Centre for Couple Relationships and 4Children, we are offering local authorities the chance to access a free training package for early years practitioners and managers, to help them engage with couple/parental relationships and ensure a more father-inclusive approach.

This package is funded by the DFE and consists of a range of training workshops, e-learning, webinars and mini-conferences. It is designed to equip early years practitioners, managers and supervising staff with knowledge, understanding and skills about how to encourage parents to work well together as ‘parenting teams’; and how to reduce the impact of couple conflict on children. The package will also give managers the tools they need to evaluate service effectiveness.

The offer is open to all practitioners and managers in statutory, community and voluntary sector organisations that work with families. We can train your staff, and staff from local agencies with whom you will need to work if you are to fulfil government requirements.

The training will improve participants’ capacity to engage well with fathers, and prepare them to develop and implement an approach to supporting team parenting. All elements of the training package reflect the national policy agenda and our extensive knowledge of what works. By the end of the training, participants will be able to:

• Explore and develop strategies to engage with fathers

• Develop the confidence, knowledge and skills to support the co-parenting team

• Understand the impact conflicting and cooperative parenting has on children’s wellbeing

• Examine personal and cultural issues which shape our perceptions of men and our beliefs about gender roles

• Discover the research and evidence base

• Learn about using genograms and family trees to map family patterns.

Book your place

Get more details and/or book training for your team by contacting Sarah Lester by email: S.Lester@fatherhoodinstitute.org or by telephoning the administration team on 0845 6341328.


Father-inclusive practice training for health visitors


Our one-day course for health visitors and other practitioners who deliver services to families with under-twos, helps managers, front-line workers and volunteers work in such a way that fathers’ active involvement in their children’s lives is expected, encouraged and supported.

The course, designed to support the Government’s child health strategy, Healthy lives, brighter futures: The strategy for children and young people’s health (DCSF/DH, 2009),  explores:

• Fathers’ vital importance for breastfeeding, child outcomes and maternal mental health

• What children need from their fathers

• Barriers to positive father-engagement, and how to overcome them

• The personal and cultural issues which shape our perceptions of men and our beliefs about gender roles.

We have already delivered this course to 400 health visitors, as part of a pilot funded by the Burdett Trust for Nursing and evaluated by the  University of Worcester’s Institute of Health and Society.

Book your place

Get more details and/or book training for your team by contacting Kathy Jones by email: k.jones(at) fatherhoodinstitute.org or on 07867 761251.


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