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Practice » Drugs and alcohol
31 January 2008
by Nigel Sherriff (Trust for the Study of Adolescence, 2007) This is a publication from the Trust for the Study of Adolescence – and it is first-rate. 
Practice » Drugs and alcohol
30 January 2008
The Trust for the Study of Adolescence (TSA) is a national charity based in Brighton.  The TSA has a long history of assessing work with young fathers, and have produced a number of excellent publications in this area – for example, their most recent Supporting Young Fathers: examples of promising practice. 
Practice » Drugs and alcohol
23 November 2007
Domains in which you have to think strategically a. Within agency: there is no point attracting young fathers to your service if the service is not ready to receive them (and will alienate them); furthermore, the whole team should be involved in identifying and engaging the young fathers – if this is left to a ‘fatherworker’ alone, s/he will achieve little, burn out, and will probably leave (the Fatherhood Quality Mark process can help you achieve father-inclusiveness in your agency: see  Or, to start with, purchase the Fatherhood Institute’s TOOLKIT FOR FATHER-INCLUSIVE PRACTICE (£9.95)  and then book ‘whole team’ training b. 
Policy » Drugs and alcohol
12 November 2007
DfES REQUIREMENTS FOR WORKING WITH FATHERS 1. CHILDREN’S CENTRES CORE OFFER (DfES 2003) Children’s Centres must: • “have specific strategies and activities which increase the involvement of fathers in services” • “consult with fathers on what services they need, and get their feedback on existing services” 2. 
FI research » Drugs and alcohol
7 October 2007
CONTENTS: Introduction The Discourse The Research The Practice Case Studies Research Evidence References INTRODUCTION The Discourse Public discourse implicates fathers in their sons’ antisocial behaviour, in particular through alleged absence as ‘role models’; but also through their perceived inability or unwillingness to set limits on their children’s behaviour – to be a ‘firm hand’. 
External research » Drugs and alcohol
29 August 2007
In January 2006 the Scottish Executive Substance Misuse Research Programme published its Parental Substance Misuse Scoping Study “Looking Beyond Risk” written by English researchers Lorna Templeton, Sarah Zohhadi, Sarah Galvani and Richard Velleman .