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Father-Inclusive Practice

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.

How Fathers and Father Figures Can Shape Child Health and Wellbeing

Evidence from a systematic review of 18 studies, indicates that father engagement positively affects social, behavioural, psychological and cognitive outcomes of children. Current literature indicates that fathers play a particularly critical role in fostering social skills and capacity for positive relationships in their children.

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.

beyondblue: Healthy Dads? The Challenge of Being a New Father

beyondblue was commissioned by funding from the Movember Foundation to conduct this research which aims to understand experiences of psychological distress in new fathers, the barriers and facilitators to help seeking, appropriate communication concepts for engagement, and identifying strategies to support them and help to build their resilience.

Dr Joseph Fleming: In Conversation - Involving Fathers

Involving fathers in family work particularly in child protection can be challenging for practitioners. Dr Joseph Fleming explores practitioners’ experiences of engaging fathers drawing from his research.


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