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Working with fathers is a central, if often neglected, part of the process of giving families the support they need to build healthy, long lasing relationships.

Many fathers report that they can feel excluded by existing services, which they perceive as primarily provided for mothers and children. As a result, 4Children and the Fatherhood Institute have worked together to produce the following resources, and highlight the following case studies, to help professionals work with families in the most productive ways.


Different types of Dads

Some fathers will not live in the same house as their children and some will be younger than others. Some will be from different faiths and cultures and somehow, every one of them will impact upon their child in some particular way.

This summary will be of great interest for anyone wishing to work with different dads in different circumstances, and help father and father-like figures to influence every aspect of their children’s life’s.


Fathers infants toddlers and young children

The involvement of sensitive and supportive fathers from the month following their child’s birth is connected with a range of positive outcomes in babies and toddlers, from better language development to higher IQs.

This information is vital for anyone wishing to support young people throughout their education and early learning.

Dads and learning

Fathers’ involvement in parenting is often linked with the higher educational achievement of their children. This information is vital for parents and policy makers wishing to support young people throughout their education and early learning.


Before During and After the Birth

This research summary is aimed at parents, professionals and policy makers hoping to be made more aware of the benefits of involved fatherhood from the earliest stages.

Guide for fathers with a disabled child

Contact a Family have worked with fathers in the North East to share their personal experiences of looking after a disabled child, as well as their advice and top tips. This played an instrumental role in helping develop Contact a Family’s unique guide for fathers with a disabled child.

The guide for fathers of a disabled child includes information and advice about:

  • dealing with employers
  • money
  • legal and practical issues if you live apart from your children
  • dealing with other people’s reactions
  • and family relationships.

Case studies – these examples set out how services across the country have revolutionised their service deliver to better include fathers:


Hull Teenage Pregnancy Support Service (Case Study)


Dangerous Dads in South Devon (Case Study)


More Inclusive Maternity Units (Case Study)


Think Fathers! (Case Study)


Hit the ground crawling (Case study)


Staying Connected with BT (Case study)

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  1. Emma on July 5, 2012
    We have recently had a fathers day breakfast session at nursery where all the dads/guardians were invited to share breakfast with their children this information will provide great follow up reading for our staff and parents. Thank you