Refining the task of father-inclusive practice

Refining the task of father-inclusive practice

Richard Fletcher and Jennifer StGeorge

This webinar presented the evidence on "what works" to engage fathers, and described recent initiatives using digital technology with dads.

This webinar was held on 12 March 2015.

The full webinar recording is now available on the CFCAtv YouTube Channel.

The transcript, slides and slide outline are available under Event Resources on this page.

The role of fathers in the lives of their young children has expanded steadily over recent decades.

Incorporating fathers into established family-related services, however, has not been straightforward. A decade after family services came together in a national Forum on Father-inclusive Practice, we are seeing a resurgence of interest in how fathers can be included across family services and programs.

In this webinar, Richard Fletcher and Jennifer St George presented the evidence on "what works" to engage fathers, based on a recent review of the literature (PDF) conducted for ARACY and the Australian Government. Two aspects, the place of co-parenting and the notion of “keeping fathers in mind” were explored, and recent mental health initiatives using digital technology with fathers were described. Participants were invited to assess their own understanding and knowledge of father-inclusiveness.

This event was presented in partnership with ARACY.



Feature image: Father and son, CC BY 2.0.

About the presenters

Richard Fletcher

Richard Fletcher is a senior lecturer in the Family Action Centre, Faculty of Health, The University of Newcastle, NSW, and the convenor of the Australian Fatherhood Research Network.

Jennifer StGeorge

Dr Jennifer StGeorge is a Senior Lecturer in Family Studies at the University of Newcastle. Her current research investigates father-child rough-and-tumble play and its effects on child social behaviour. Her other research projects explore related areas of fathering, including father engagement in human services, and paternal post-natal depression. Jennifer has a particular interest in using observational and qualitative methodologies to explore personal and developmental aspects of family life.

Related topics

Need some help?

CFCA offers a free research and information helpdesk for child, family and community welfare practitioners, service providers, researchers and policy makers through the CFCA News.



Sign up to our email alert service for the latest news and updates