Approaches to working with fathers: results of a UK practitioner survey

25 June 2014

Working with fathers is still something of a Cinderella area in social care. People are increasingly aware of the need to involve fathers in family support and child protection, but progress is pretty slow. In practitioner conferences on the issue, it immediately becomes apparent that this can be a controversial area, with a variety of approaches around and not all who work with fathers seeing eye to eye about how the work should be done.

Jonathan Scourfield, Professor of Social Work at Cardiff University, wanted to get a picture of what kind of practice was out there in the field – what kinds of services were fathers taking up and what approaches were typically being used? So he set up a survey for practitioners across the UK to find out. The results have just been published in an open access article in Children and Youth Services Review.

You can read Jonathan’s short article about the research in Community Care.

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  • Jester says:

    I am new in post as Dads development worker,,,open question — The role is to encourage dads to be more involved in child related activities and development, and to improve the parent child relationship. If I was in your area what kind of sessions/workshops would you consider helpful to you as a male parent???

    Just researching ideas just now!!!

    Any input would be great.

    • Fatherhood Institute says:

      Congratulations on your new post. First tip: read our Toolkit, available in the online shop. Second tip: find some dads and ask them.

    • Jester says:

      Thank you,,,I will read the toolkit I had put the post up without checking it out first and I am asking dads locally I was just putting the question out there to see if anything new came up before I start any sessions!!!

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