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Research is consistently showing that the positive involvement of fathers in the upbringing of children is directly linked with improved childhood well-being. This session seeks to explore the …

Research is consistently showing that the positive involvement of fathers in the upbringing of children is directly linked with improved childhood well-being. This session seeks to explore the characteristics of an effective service in supporting vulnerable families and in particular fathers. This discussion will be informed by research and will allow participants to explore the issues further with a view to improving practice and informing future
research in this important area.


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  • 1. The Positive Involvement of Fathers
  • 2. Content of Session 1. Research 2. Practice
  • 3. Our research The Positive Involvement of Fathers Research Question Where vulnerable families receive external support what helps ensure that fathers are positively involved in the upbringing of children? Methods - Interviews with fathers - Fathers focus groups - Practitioner survey
  • 4. How is involvement measured Uni-dimensional approaches - time spent together - quality of father child relationship - investment in parenting role
  • 5. A multi dimensional conceptualisation - 15 ‘Categories of paternal involvement’ – communication, teaching, monitoring, cognitive processes, Errands, Caregiving, Shared interests, Availability, Planning, Shared activities, Providing, Affection, Protection and Supporting emotionality - Linked to stage and development of children - Impact of ethnicity, culture, class, family structure - Employment conditions
  • 6. - cognitive development - emotional development and wellbeing - social development - decrease in negative development outcomes The benefits of positive involvement for children
  • 7. - better communication between fathers and family members; - a greater sense of commitment to the family; - less troubling conflict with teenage children. The benefits of positive involvement for the family
  • 8. - self confidence and effectiveness as parent - better understanding and accepting of children - engaged in the community - better personal relationships - enjoy a secure attachment relationship with their children. - cope well with stressful situations and everyday hassles. - feel as if they can depend on others more. - feel more comfortable in their occupation and feel that they can do their job well. - feel confident they have a lot to offer others in terms of their job skills, parenting skills, and social relationships. The benefits of positive involvement for the father
  • 9. What has most effect on the involvement of fathers - own experience of being parented - personal characteristics and perspectives - co-parental relationship - work/life balance - external support
  • 10. What do you think are the important aspects of positive involvement of fathers?
  • 11. Our work with fathers Previous research - ‘Dad’s the word’ - ‘Listening to fathers’ Current models of working - Fathers worker - Fathers groups Fatherproofing? - Link with ‘Fathers Network’ - ‘Where’s Dad?’
  • 12. A Fathers’ Workers Role Day to Day - GroupWork - Individual Family Support What does a father’s worker in Greater Pilton look like? - Stepping out to meet dads’ where they are. - Gender? - An exclusive role? What holds dads back and how can we welcome Fathers?
  • 13. References Goldman, R (2005). Fathers’ Involvement in their Children’s Education. London: National Family and Parenting Institute Department of Children and Families (2008) The Impact of Parental Involvement on Children’s Education. http://www.nationalcollege.org.uk/impact-of-parental- involvement-2.pdf Joseph Rowntree Foundation (2007). Parenting and the different ways it can affect children’s lives: research evidence. http://www.jrf.org.uk/system/files/2132-parenting- literature-reviews.pdf Nord, C., & West, J. (2001). Fathers' and mothers' involvement in their children's schools by family type and resident status [On-line]. http://nces.ed.gov/pubsearch/pubsinfo.asp?pubid=2001032 Office on Child Abuse and Neglect, U.S. Children's Bureau Rosenberg, Jeffrey., Wilcox, W. Bradford. (2006). The Importance of Fathers in the Healthy Development of Children Yeung, W. J., Duncan, G. J., & Hill, M. S. (2000). Putting fathers back in the picture: Parental activities and children's adult outcomes. In H. E. Peters, G. W. Peterson, S. K. Steinmetz, & R. D. Day (Eds.), Fatherhood: Research, interventions and policies (pp. 97-113). New York, NY: Hayworth Press Maxwell, N., Scourfield, J., Featherstone, B., Holland, S. and Tolman, R. (2012) Engaging fathers in child welfare services: A narrative review of recent research evidence. Child and Family Social Work, 17 (2): 160-169. http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1365-2206.2012.00827.x/abstract Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC). (2009). The Father Toolkit http://www.phac-aspc.gc.ca/hp-ps/dca-dea/prog-ini/funding-financement/npf- fpn/father-papa/pdf/nfp_toolkit_eng.pdf Garret D. Evans|Kate Fogarty. University of Florida (2011) The hidden benefits of being an involved father.