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The latest news about research, policy and practice relating to work with young fathers, including resources to support work with young dads by professionals and practitioners across a range of disciplines.

Practice » Young fathers
2 March 2010
“A young father’s behaviour and attitudes have a strong influence on the health of the young mother and the baby (DFCSF/DOH2009)” Even in the early stages of what was originally known as the Mums 2 B programme (now ‘YorBabe’), dads were always included and invited to attend the course with their partners. 
External research » Young fathers
9 June 2009
Young dads in Brighton and Hove explore parenthood By Liz McDonnell, Alan Seabrook, Suzy Braye, Jo Bridgeman, Heather Keating and young father co-researchers Young fathers are under-represented in research about the experiences of young people who become parents.  The Talking Dads explored the views of a diverse group of young dads (25 yrs and under) in Brighton and Hove.  To obtain interviewees, the project was advertised to parenting support groups, networks of practitioners working with young parents, Children’s Centres, local newspapers etc.  Three dads were trained to do the research interviews, and these also helped decide the questions to be asked in the interviews.  Nine young men were interviewed.  Among the key findings were: young dads had diverse experiences and were committed to fatherhood as well as being practically and emotionally involved; they wanted more from services eg dads-only and more support when their babies were young; and fatherhood (often unplanned) posed many challenges eg lack of resources and relationship pressure. 
Practice » Young fathers
7 June 2009
The Family Nurse Partnership (FNP) is an intensive prevention programme being tested in England.T he programme, which has been developed and researched over 30 years in the US with impressive results, is based on home visiting by the same Family Nurse to vulnerable, first time, young parents, from early pregnancy until the child is two years old.  In England, it is jointly led by DH/DCSF and began in 2007 in 10 sites. 
Practice » Young fathers
14 May 2009
What: Modular course for young expectant fathers Who: U-Too Not-for-Profit Company Where: Swindon When: Since 2004 Help and advice for young mothers-to-be is easy to come by. 
External research » Young fathers
14 May 2009
Rosie Meek’s paper ‘The parenting possible selves of young fathers in prison’ draws on the social psychological concept of ‘possible selves’ to explore young imprisoned dads’ parenting aspirations and concerns. 
Practice » Young fathers
14 May 2009
What: ‘You and Your Child’ parenting programme for fathers who are prisoners Who: Ormiston Children & Families Trust, accredited by the National Open College Network Where: Eight prisons in Eastern England When: Programme first accredited 2004 In the UK there are an estimated 160,000 children who have a parent (in the vast majority of cases, a father) in prison.