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The Principles of Father-Inclusive Practice

Tuesday Feb 9, 2010

Working effectively with fathers comes with certain challenges for organizations and practitioners. Not the least of these is the fact that many services for families were originally designed and staffed to serve mothers and children. Currently, many organizations are recognizing the need to engage more directly with fathers and to develop programs that meet fathers' needs.

 As this evolution towards greater inclusion of fathers in services and programs for families continues, it is important to bear in mind that engaging fathers in services for families is not only a matter of providing special Dad programs. Increasingly, father involvement specialists are using the term father-inclusive practice. This refers to a concerted effort to include fathers systemically, in all, or at least most, aspects of service.

One useful resource for organizations and individuals wishing to learn more about effective practice with fathers is the Principles of Father-Inclusive Practice. These nine principles developed by the Engaging Fathers Project, part of the Family Action Centre at The University of Newcastle, Australia, provide a cogent blueprint for organizations who want to work with fathers more effectively.

The Principles of Father-Inclusive Practice are part of a broader National Framework for Father-Inclusive Practice, also developed by the Engaging Father's Project.

Read more about the Principles of Father-Inclusive Practice.