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Work with fathers – what’s going on out there? 09/10/12 [W/E/NI/S]

Prof. Jonathan Scourfield, Cardiff School of Social Sciences, Cardiff University (http://stwnsh.com/scourfield) has put together a survey for practitioners working with fathers, to try and work out what kinds of approaches are being used across the UK. The research should be able to inform the development of effective services in future and the report will be freely available.

An on-line questionnaire has been set up for practitioners in the UK who are running any kind of social intervention for fathers that is meant to improve the well-being of children. The term ‘fathers’ here includes any men in a caring role, so not just biological fathers.

Please would you complete the survey to help build up a picture of what kinds of interventions for fathers are out there – what approaches are thought to be effective? how many fathers are they reaching? what kinds of outcomes are expected? and so on. Those who take part can enter a prize draw for £100 worth of books on working with fathers.

It doesn’t matter if the work is going on in a family centre, a social services office, a voluntary sector project, the NHS, a prison…. any kind of work with fathers in any kind of setting would be relevant for the survey. You may well be working with mothers too, but just so long as you engage with good numbers of fathers, then this survey is for you.

The link to the survey is: http://stwnsh.com/fathers. It is open until the end of October 2012.

Practitioners might also be interested in this website about research related to work with fathers: http://workingwithfathers.weebly.com/

Please contact Jonathan if you have any further queries – Scourfield@cf.ac.uk