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David Van der Velde's presentation from the York conference on Sustaining work With Fathers. November 2010

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  1. 1. David Van der Velde Service Manager (Fathers Plus), Children North East Sustaining Work With Fathers
  2. 2. “Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.” George Bernard Shaw (1856 – 1950) Sustaining Work With Fathers
  3. 3. Sustaining Work With Fathers A new approach to family services ?
  4. 4. Sustaining Work With Fathers What are your fears for the sustainability of work with fathers? What do you see as the opportunities to include fathers in future service delivery? What is Your Starting Point
  5. 5. L E V E R A G E Systems & Structures Vision Patterns of Behaviour Events Mental Models Levels of Perspective (Daniel Kim)
  6. 6. The Impact of Mental Models on Work with Fathers Mental Models that work Fathers matter hugely to their children MM’s that do NOT work Men represent a risk to children? Men want what is best for their children Fathers are less responsive than mothers to the needs of their children Men are difficult to engage with Early bonding with baby is important for fathers as well as mothers The role of family workers is to support mothers and children Failure of services to engage with male family members puts children at risk
  7. 7. Why Work With Fathers Fathers matter to their children Father involvement matters to mothers Fathering matters to men Fathering matters to communities and to societies
  8. 8. Sustaining Work With Fathers "This government understands that fathers today want to be more actively involved in bringing up their children and more are doing so. A father-child relationship has a profound and wide ranging impact on children that lasts a lifetime. Research has shown that children with involved fathers develop better friendships, more empathy, and higher levels of self- esteem. They are also less likely to become involved with crime or substance abuse." Sarah Teather MP Minister of State for Children and Families
  9. 9. This is not the Future Fathers’ involvement in their children’s education matters for children's educational, emotional and social development, for both girls and boys. Mothers’ involvement is not a substitute Rebecca Goldman, NFPI, 2004
  10. 10. David Van der Velde Service Manager (Fathers Plus), Children North East Sustaining Work With Fathers