‘Invisible Fathers’ Working With Young Dads Resource Pack

23 July 2013

Young fathers (aged 16-24) are some of the most invisible, marginalised and vulnerable parents in the UK.

Many – though by no means all – have grown up in difficult circumstances, are on low incomes or benefits, have few academic qualifications and relatively poor career prospects. Some are homeless, or live in cramped, temporary accommodation.

Yet most have something in common – something they also share with the young mothers of their children: an overwhelming wish for a better life for the children they adore.

Sadly, it is common for health and other services to ignore young dads, and/or make negative assumptions about them – effectively pushing them away from the close involvement with their children that almost all crave, and that could be harnessed in hugely beneficial ways.

Why do young dads matter?

Positively involved young dads can be a hugely important resource for their children and also for the mothers of their children. Research shows that young mothers who feel supported by their baby’s father adjust better to motherhood and behave more positively towards their children – for whom a good relationship with “my dad” proves protective in face of other disadvantage.

This means that practitioners who reach out to young dads – in teenage pregnancy, youth services, early years, health, education, housing – can find themselves doing a MUCH better job all round.

The Invisible Fathers: Working With Young Dads Resource Pack

Young fathers really do respond well to the right support, delivered in the right way. This comprehensive pack – which includes a ‘research and practice’ guide, an award-winning DVD (produced by the U-Too dads’ group in Wiltshire) and photocopy-ready handouts for dads – shows you how.

To buy a single copy click here.

To buy 5 copies at 10% discount click here.

To buy 10 copies at 15% discount click here.

 

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