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Better Methods For Involving Fathers In Health Services

Since when did 'families' just mean women and children? Fathers play an immensely important role in health outcomes and as role models for their children.

Fathers also play an important role as carers and supporters of their partners. So it follows that finding ways to engage with fathers proactively becomes really important.

These resources offer examples of programs and research that uncover how and why fathers' involvement is important to their own as well as their family's health.


Dads Included.org

Dads Included: Sharing Expertise In Father-Inclusive Practice (UK)

The Fatherhood Institute based in the United Kingdom operates this service that encourages father-inclusive practice. The site is a community of people interested in how to better engage and work with dads in various settings.

UnitingCare Burnside

UnitingCare Burnside: Checklist For Organisations Working With Men

Although produced in 2004, this useful guide by Andrew King and Ross Fletcher offers useful advice for organisations wishing to improve their ability to work with men.

University Of Newcastle The Family Action Centre

The Family Action Centre: Principles Of Father-Inclusive Practice

This document provides nine principles that services need to consider and implement to promote father-inclusive practices.

Relationships Australia Victoria: Dads In Play Recommendations, Future Directions & Resources

Relationships Australia Victoria (RAV) has for the past decade been working with early intervention with fathers through universal and targeted community-based programs. The wider community is now recognising the benefits of father-inclusive practice and the positive outcomes it has for children, families and communities. The Sunshine Centre is dedicated to expanding fathers' involvement in their children's lives.

Child and Family Clearinghouse (AIFS) Factsheet

AIFS: Factsheet On Engaging Fathers In Child and Family Health

This Practice Sheet summarises and builds upon the findings from the Engaging Fathers study (Berlyn, Wise, & Soriano, 2008). It provides ideas for practitioners and policy-makers about how to increase engagement of fathers in child and family services and programs.

Fathers Involvement Research Alliance

FIRA: What Social Science Tells Us About Fathers and How To Work With Them

This resource from Canada was published in 2011. It offers a useful review of the role of fathers and their approaches to fathering and how services can become better placed to meet the needs of families.

Andrew King

Groupwork Solutions: Making Father-Inclusive Practice Happen

Andrew King is a consultant trainer and program developer in group work, working with men and strengths based practice. This page draws together his work and insights into how services can adopt father-inclusive actions to better engage with fathers and men.

Men's Health Resource Kit 3: Practitioners’ Guide to Men and Their Roles as Fathers

MHIRC: Resource Kit 3: Practitioners’ Guide to Men and Their Roles as Fathers

This guide is primarily focused on engaging fathers in community services, health contexts and programs who otherwise are often less involved for a wide variety of reasons. It has been written to support health professionals to engage with the fathers in the family context.

The Family Action Centre: Father-Inclusive Practice Guide

The aim of father-inclusive practice is to engage fathers in a way that makes them feel welcome and valued, and encouraging them to participate in programs, as well as considering them in all aspects of service delivery. The current barriers to father-inclusive practice need to be addressed and services must strive to meet the needs of fathers.

Community NSW: Brighter Futures Working With Fathers

Community NSW: Brighter Futures Working With Fathers

Brighter Futures is an early intervention program delivered by 14 agencies across NSW and is designed to build the resilience of families and children that are at risk

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