The multi-agency 'Improving Dads Engagement Partnership' shares a common vision to improve service engagement with fathers and male carers across Fife. A key outcome from the partnership's vision is a workshop to support staff working with parents, families, children and young people to identify and implement more father inclusive approaches. The report provides insight into the partnerships learning, progress and achievements to date as well as recommendations to enable continued growth of this initiative.
IMPROVING THE ENGAGEMENT OF FATHERS’ AND MALE CARERS IN FIFE
In 2014, practitioners from Fife Health & Social Care Partnership, Fife Council and the Voluntary Sector formed a collaboration known as Improving Fathers’ Engagement Partnership (IFEP) with a vision to improve practitioner and service engagement with fathers and male carers across Fife. The group explored local and national research and practice, including successes and challenges, and used this knowledge as the foundation for the partnership’s overarching outcomes:
- Practitioners across Fife will have improved knowledge, skills and confidence to address cultural and societal beliefs on gender roles and parenting; enabling them to positively engage male parents and carers.
- Ensure sustainable local strategies support and engage male parents and carers across Fife.
The group recognised that in order to meet these outcomes, a successful model would have to consider the following key questions:
- Why do we want to engage dads/male carers?
- How do we engage dads/male carers in a meaningful and purposeful way?
- Do practitioners understand and value the difference in men’s parenting behaviour?
- What is Fife’s strategy for engaging fathers’ and male carers?
The report will provide insight into our learning, progress and achievements to date as well as recommendations to enable continued growth of this initiative.
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