What do we know about young fathers?
We know relatively little about young fathers compared with young mothers, but the situation is changing as the focus on fathers increases.
In England, a number of policy documents have included useful information on young fathers. Among other things, these documents show that for babies born to teenage mothers, about a quarter of young fathers are aged under 20, around a half are 20-25 and a further quarter aged over 25.
Young fathers share many of the characteristics of teenage mothers. They are more likely to live in deprived areas, to be unemployed and to be in receipt of benefits. Around a fifth of teenage fathers have never lived with their child compared with 6% of older fathers.
You can download more information about young fathers in our Fatherhood Institute Research Summary: Young Fathers, and find out more about ways of working with young fathers in two very reasonably priced publications you can obtain from our website shop:
- Invisible Fathers: Working with young dads resource pack
- Supporting Young Fathers: Examples of Promising Practice (Sherriff, 2007)
Invisible Fathers is also available in larger quantities at a substantial discount so you can train up your whole team and related agencies:
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