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Working with Fathers in Children's Services Short Course

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Course information

Why do this course?

This course will be useful for those working in children's voluntary and statutory sectors. The course will familiarise participants with the key knowledge and skills required for working with fathers in social work contexts.  You will be introduced to the rationale for working with fathers backed up by sector literature and research and to the key skills and practice models which may be used in individual or group based interventions.

The course is facilitated by experienced practitioners who have many years' experience of working with men in children's services, addressing abusive and neglectful fathering and enabling service users to be more child-centred in their parenting. 

Course description

Day 1: Introduction to contemporary research and our rationale for working with fathers. Initial engagement and relationship building. Introduction to child-centred fathering.

Day 2: Challenging child maltreatment. Rebuilding trust and healing.

Day 3: Continuing skills practice. Developing individual and group programmes within children's services - systems thinking.

Course structure

The course will be delivered by direct teaching, experiential role plays and discussions, skills practice and refinement, case discussion. 

What will you take away?

Participants will be given a suite of materials that they can use in direct practice. 


You will need to discuss your place with the trainers before attending this course.  Use the contact us link to the left of this page to make an enquiry and we will contact you.

Course tutor

Dermot Brady and Elaine Gaskell-Mew, Senior Lectures in Social Work. 

What to bring

Although materials will be supplied via dropbox it would be a good idea to bring a memory stick. 

Booking information

Dates for open courses currently available will be listed in the table at the top of this page with a "Book now" link that will direct you to our payment website. If no dates are shown and you would like to register your interest for future dates for this course please contact us.

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The standard course fee is indicated at the top of this page. If a course has any discounted fees available (eg for early-bird booking, alumni or students) these will be clearly outlined on the booking website.

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