Fatherhood and father-inclusive practice

The role of fatherhood in Australia has changed over time, with a greater emphasis on shared parenting and greater involvement of fathers in childcare and household tasks. This reflects broader social and cultural changes, such as increased gender equality and a shift toward more flexible family arrangements. Due to these changes, father-inclusive practice is becoming a more common approach as a means of supporting fathers and their families through the parenting process.

Father-inclusive practice is a social work approach that recognises the crucial role fathers play in their children's lives and seeks to engage and support them in the parenting process [1]. This approach aims to promote positive outcomes for children and families by building fathers' skills and knowledge, connecting them with resources and support networks, and creating opportunities for them to be more involved in their children's lives [2].

Studies have shown that when fathers are involved in their children's lives, it leads to a range of benefits for both the fathers and their children. These benefits can include improved mental health for fathers [3], better educational attainment for children [1], and reduced risk of behavioural and emotional problems [2].

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Research and reports relating to fatherhood and father-inclusive practice can be found below:


1.Ross, T.R., The differential effects of parental involvement on high school completion and postsecondary attendance. Education Policy Analysis Archives, 2016. 24: p. 30-30.

2.Pleck, J.H., Paternal involvement. The role of the father in child development, 2010. 58.

3.Collins, C.C., et al., Implementing housing first with families and young adults: challenges and progress toward self-sufficiency. Children and Youth Services Review, 2019. 96: p. 34-46.