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


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

Dangerous Dads in South Devon

More Inclusive Maternity Units 

Think Fathers! 

Hit the ground crawling

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