Who we work with...
Where we work.....
- Professionals and agencies working with children and families of Fathers
- Grandparents, Step fathers, Uncle’s
- Significant Male figure in a child’s life
- Any age
- Specific Young father’s provision (u25)
- Fathers, Male carers
What we do.....
- Nationally developing remote/detached services and training as well as the evaluation and design of current provision.
- Our targeted projects and resources are also currently visible across a number of London Boroughs including Wandsworth, Westminster, Southwark, Islington and Lewisham, Greenwich, Hammersmith and Fulham, Kensington and Chelsea and Tower Hamlets.
Recognise value and support fathers in their own right...
- At Working With Men our services, project’s and staff aim to help father’s strengthen their relationships with their children by exploring their own attitudes as men/ fathers in addition to developing /enhancing life and child care skills.
- Prepare men for fatherhood by developing childcare skills and techniques, through one to one contact’s and group settings including varied models of parenting course including Strengthening Families Strengthening Communities
- Promote awareness of attachment and its relevance to Fathers. (particularly important for non-resident Fathers)
- Plan, provide and promote activities that Fathers can do with their children and provide a space to bond through a range of interesting, fun and inclusive services.
- Work with both parents where possible and adopt a child centred approach to working with parents.
Why we do what we do….
- Father’s may feel that there is a lack of awareness and understanding of their needs. (especially across a sector of family/health/support services that are underrepresented by male professionals )
- Engage and explore issues of societal/cultural stereotypes and expectations placed on Fathers.
- Father’s may feel there is no sense of status or recognition as a Father in society
Children with positively involved Fathers tend to have....
Better friendships with better-adjusted children
Fewer behavioural problems
Lower criminality and substance abuse
Higher educational achievement
Greater capacity for empathy
Non-traditional attitudes to earning and childcare
More satisfying adult sexual partnerships
Higher self-esteem and life-satisfaction
- Some men are often unprepared for parenthood having never been taught basic childcare skills e.g. nappy changing, bathing, feeding etc
- They may have difficulty gaining access to their children due to conflict with ex-partners and they may be confused about how to support their child after a relationship breakdown.
- The impact family law has on fathers’ rights and responsibilities in having contact with, and raising their children.
- It may be difficult to identify key avenues for support amongst families and friends in regards to raising children.
Additional related work
Outside of the core work with the Father’s, Working with Men offer a mediation services for young fathers and their partners/families, and preventative SRE work with young people at risk of becoming teenage/young parents in various settings including Schools, Youth and community settings pupil referral units and in an outreach capacity.
Finally we also offer and deliver training and advice for other professionals and agencies on engaging Fathers Fatherhood Awareness for professionals, working with young fathers, young men, sexual health provision for boys and young men and related gender issues and promote awareness of the issues they face.