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.
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.
Men are not ‘biologically’ less suited to caring for children than women:
• when similarly supported, both sexes develop childcare skills at the same rate (Myers, 1982)
• through what they learn they can have similarly positive effects on their children and on family functioning (Cia et al, 2010; Melnyk et al, 2006;.
Parenting programmes ignore dads and waste money, say FI and Yale
Including dads could boost child outcomes and save taxpayers’ money, says global research review
The Fatherhood Institute and leading experts from US and UK universities say a ‘game change’ is needed in the commissioning, design and evaluation of parenting programmes, to get fathers more involved and thus improve child outcomes and value-for-money.