Engagement with Fathers and Significant Males

Course Aim:

To increase confidence of practitioners in engaging ‘fathers’ in children’s safeguarding work; and raise and reinforce awareness of the importance of engaging ‘fathers’ to secure better outcomes for children. ‘Fathers’ = “Biological or other father-figures” (Daniel & Taylor 2001)

Course outcomes: 

Participants will be offered the opportunity to:

  • Enhance understanding/knowledge of the issues for both professionals and fathers in children’s safeguarding work
  • Develop a firmer grasp of the research/theory base on the benefits (or otherwise) for children of being ‘father-inclusive’
  • Consider ideas of the ways services and organisations could be adapted to secure better professional practice in this area
  • Increase awareness of the skills, qualities, support and ‘tools’ professionals need to develop to work successfully with fathers
  • Remind that best practice has a statutory base – recent case law involving ‘parental responsibility’ and ‘engaging men’ fairly in safeguarding and other processes.