This report is a summary of the Trust for the Study of Adolescence's publication Supporting Young Fathers: Examples of Promising Practice (2007). It is based on research which explored interesting and innovative examples of work with young fathers from around England. The report was developed to address the lack of information about promising practice in working with young fathers, particularly in terms of those working with teenage and school-age fathers.The TSA was commissioned by the Teenage Pregnancy Unit (TPU) at the Department for Education and Skills (DfES) to collate examples of…
This document contains Section One - Introduction of the report Supporting Young Fathers: Promising Practices. Founded on a series of in-depth individual and focus group interviews with practitioners, this guide provides practical advice and illustrative examples of promising practice of work with young fathers. It helps to de-mystify young fathers work for less experienced practitioners whilst also offering useful 'hints and tips' for more experienced practitioners. (Author abstract modified)
This document contains Chapters 1 - 4 of the report Supporting Young Fathers: Promising Practices:1. Getting Started - Working with young fathers2. Reaching and Engaging Young Fathers - Accessing young fathers, Reaching teenage (and school-age) fathers3. Being Strategic - Consulting young fathers: getting services right, Developing integrated approaches 4. Examples of Young Fathers Work - Service delivery
This document contains Chapters 5 - 8 of the report Supporting Young Fathers: Promising Practices:5. Individual, Group, and Mixed Approaches - Bringing younger and older fathers together6. Young Fathers Workers - Gender and ethnicity in practice, Worker skills and training7. Working with Other Organisations - Partnerships and networking, Networks for young fathers workers8. Thinking About Your Work - Evaluating and building on promising practice
This document contains Section Three - Next Steps of the report Supporting Young Fathers: Promising Practices. In this final section, the authors summarise briefly, some of the issues relating to young fatherhood that emerged from our research. In doing so, they also outline a number of ways in which support for young fathers can be developed further.
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This 850-page curriculum with Strengthening Families protective factors woven throughout includes facilitator resources and detailed group meeting plans and activities to make it easy to engage young people. Dads receive special focus, not just in the meeting plans for dads but also in material for moms. Five units address topics in the areas of personal development, health and safety, parenting skills, child development and using community resources. (Author abstract)Note: The curriculum includes a CD with parent handouts.
This fact sheet shares statistics on the negative outcomes of children and adolescents with absent fathers, and positive trends indicating sexual activity among teen boys is declining, more condom use, and a decreasing teen birth rate. The need for the teen pregnancy prevention field to reach out to boys and young men is emphasized. 13 references.
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This toolkit provides essential reading for those running a young fatherhood programme with young men aged 13-19. The programme's 11 sessions and 44 activities cover: knowing ourselves and others; understanding values and beliefs; problem solving and risk taking; what it means to be a man; relationships; sex and sexual health; what babies need; being a good dad; dads and the law and safety and first aid. Activities have been piloted in a variety of settings including, parenting projects, leaving care services and YOI's. (Author abstract)
Explores the practical and emotional challenges of parenthood. Reminds teen parents not to neglect their own needs as they take responsibility for their child's well-being, provides tips on ensuring that their child's needs are met, and lists special services available. (Author abstract)
Adolescent fathers have remained an understudied and underserved population. While teen fatherhood appears to be associated with similar consequences to those observed for teen mothers, most national programs serving low-income families focus on mothers rather than fathers. Recently, attempts to include young fathers in services have increased,but relatively few programs for young fathers exist. This fact sheet presents fast facts about teenage males. (Author abstract, modified)