What do we know about young fathers?

23 July 2013

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 is also available in larger quantities at a substantial discount so you can train up your whole team and related agencies:



One Comment »

  • nongenderbias9 says:

    Invisible fathers working with young dads resource pack?

    How are you going to convince our “Practitioners” in Health, Education,Social Services and the Judiciary that fathers are a vital resource that shouldn’t be ignored. I read with dismay the “guidelines” on the Cafcass website, bulletin 12 which inform us that, “fathers are unnecessary”, “children should be well established at one home only. ie a secure base”, “concerns are raised about shared parenting”, “the term, primary caregiver,is used to establish a superiority of power over the other parent (usually demeaning to the father)”, “passing the child between the homes of two parents is considered dangerous”.

    All this anti-father propaganda permeates our society like a cancer and at present I don’t anticipate favourable changes until our equality laws grace the stage of the Family Courts.

    Kind regards and good luck

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