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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
5 September 2014
Writing in Every Child Journal, part of the Teaching Times group, Fatherhood Institute trustee Tim Linehan outlines the benefits (for children, fathers, mothers and wider society) of services’ engagement with fathers….and the potential dangers of their failure to do so. 
FI research » Early years
5 September 2014
A team from the Fatherhood Institute and Yale University in the US conducted a systematic review of the global evidence on parenting interventions, and found that a ‘game change’ is needed in their commissioning, design and evaluation, to get fathers more involved and thus improve child outcomes and value-for-money. 
Blog » Early years
26 June 2014
Jeremy Davies writes: Tanya Gold wrote this thoughtful piece about a vulnerable mother selling The Big Issue on the streets of London. 
Practice » Early years
26 June 2014
Martin Andrews, dads support worker at Grandpont Children’s Centre in Oxfordshire, writes:   I organise regular fortnightly Saturday morning stay and play sessions with male carers. 
External research » Early years
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. 
Practice » Early years
19 May 2014
We asked dads in south London to tell us what they thought about Fathers Reading Every Day – our supported reading programme for schools, nurseries and children’s centres.