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News, policy, research and practice articles of relevance for professionals working within early years services, such as Health Visiting, Sure Starts and Family Centres, with a focus on engaging successfully with fathers in those settings.

Practice » Early years
11 November 2022
In its Family Hubs and Start for Life programme guide, published in August 2022, the Government has set out its vision for a £300 million programme covering 2022-25. 
FI research » Early years
7 March 2022
Participants will be offered a £25 high street voucher as a thank you for their time The Fatherhood Institute and researchers from the University of Leeds are running a series of online discussion events (‘PIECE Talks’) with parents and education practitioners in May 2022. 
FI research » Early years
13 January 2022
Our Fathers and Children’s Learning survey, part of the PIECE study, aims to build a better understanding of how fathers get involved in supporting their children’s learning, and how schools, nurseries and other family services can help. 
FI research » Early years
Practice » Early years
Blog » Early years
15 September 2021
“You are the first person who has ever wanted to know what actually happened, what I went through. No one has ever asked me before….no one has ever bothered with me – you are the first person that has ever sat down and asked me my story.”Quote from a man convicted of killing a baby, interviewed as part of the Child Safeguarding Practice Review Panel’s review of non-accidental injury of infants by male caregivers, ‘The Myth of Invisible Men’ The UK’s Child Safeguarding Practice Review Panel’s in-depth and hard-hitting report, The Myth of Invisible Men, published today (16 September 2021) shines a light on the rare but tragic phenomenon of fathers and father-figures who kill or injure babies (not by accident). 
FI research » Early years
Blog » Early years
17 June 2021
As we celebrate Father’s Day 2021, what do we know about fathers’ role in supporting their children’s learning and development – and what else would we like to find out? 
FI research » Early years
10 September 2018
Messages from Research – updated August 2010 1. The father’s role in mothers’ depression The evidence that impaired postnatal maternal mental health has adverse effects on the infant socially, emotionally, behaviourally and cognitively is extensive (e.g.