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Encouraging paternal involvement in children’s services

Children’s Workforce Development Council (CWDC), corp creator. (2010) Encouraging paternal involvement in children’s services.

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This research investigates why male carers tend not to engage with children’s services, specifically children’s centre services, and how practitioners and policy makers can review and adapt their practices to encourage further engagement. The research focuses on perceived barriers, reasoning and accounts of experiences from male carers and practitioners. Practitioners and male carers who were registered with a children’s centre, and had a child under five years in their family, participated in the research. Focus groups were carried out with 13 practitioners. Thirty male carers completed questionnaires, and 8 of these were interviewed. Finally, 75 male carers completed a ‘moving forward’ survey. Thematic analysis of the focus group sessions, questionnaires and interviews revealed the following themes: • parenting children under five years is traditionally a female role • fathers perceive that government policy prevents them from being more involved • finance restricts fathers involvement; and • children’s centres services are perceived as female orientated The main implications for practice within children’s centres: • Ensure better communication directly to male carers to increase value and input into their children’s experiences. • Increase services to incorporate working male carers and focus on topics based on male interests. • Make families more aware of consultation to change policy, and support positive changes in government practices in increasing paternity leave at reasonable salaries. • Work in partnership with other professionals to develop a shared vision. Aim to encourage male carer inclusion, focusing on making services available to them, dispelling the myth that childcare relates to gender. • Work in partnership with other professionals to help raise awareness of the benefits of children spending time with their fathers - benefits for both children/infants and the fathers themselves.

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Variant Title: Encouraging paternal involvement in children’s centre services
Publisher: Children’s Workforce Development Council
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Date Deposited: 26 May 2011 12:43
Last Modified: 23 Oct 2014 16:33
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