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Support for Fathers

Relationships Australia Victoria’s Support for Fathers project is developing a new website, resources for young men and fathers, and Professionals’ Toolkit for professionals who work with fathers and families.

The project aims to support young men and fathers in their role as parents and partners with the outcome being an increase of men’s involvement in gender equality and reducing violence. We're being funded to run this project by the Department of Social Services as part of the National Plan to Reduce Violence against Women and their Children 2010-2022.

The development of the project’s resources has been informed by the responses to and feedback from our recent Support for Fathers National Survey.

Dads who participated in the national survey identified that they:

  • talk to their partner more than anyone else in their life
  • are less likely to talk to their mum and dad compared to others in their social circle
  • are more likely to talk to other dads than others in their social circle
  • want more dads’ groups and dad-focused websites
  • find that work significantly impacts their ability to be a dad
  • find achieving a work-life balance to be the most challenging aspect of being a dad.

According to the Australian Institute of Family Studies, many dads work full time, while their partner is at home during the first 12-months of their child’s life, and then continue to work full time even when their child is older and their partner returns to work. However, a lot of dads want to spend more time with their kids, according to the 2009 Equality and Human Rights Commission.

Support for Fathers is committed to helping Australian dads to manage challenges such as work-life balance so that they can be the dads they want to be.

Relationships Australia Victoria developed resources for dads and a Professionals’ Toolkit to help support dads with these concerns. We’re excited that we’ll be sharing this Toolkit with dads, families and support services later this year, as part of a series of community information sessions and training opportunities that will take place around Australia.

The project is currently establishing a new Working with Fathers Network for professionals and service providers in Moreland and Hume, in Victoria, who work with fathers and families. You don’t need to have attended a meeting previously, and professionals and service providers working with fathers and families in local government areas outside of Hume and Moreland are also more than welcome to attend.

Read more and register for our next meeting on 13 August 2019.

For more information about the Support for Fathers project or to get involved, email Dominic Alford, Project Coordinator - Support for Fathers or click here.

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