Working with Fathers and Other Male Carers

Date & Time:

Friday 18 October 2019 (09.30 - 16.00)

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County Hall, County Hall, New Road, Oxford OX1 1ND


Course Overview

Engaging with fathers & significant men is an important part of child protection and safeguarding practice. Men may be involved in families in a range of ways and may need support in the process of becoming effective parents. This course explores the historical context of fatherhood and considers learning from SCRs, research and evidence based practice when working with men, the blocks to engaging with and working with men and the risks of ‘hidden’ men. It also looks at a variety of skills and techniques for assessing their parenting roles and engaging and supporting them as fathers.

Learning Outcomes

  • Explore ways to maintain a focus on significant males involved in a child’s life, and the potential implications of his own needs and his role within the family.
  • Consider how to involve significant males in assessment and planning, and learn practical strategies and skills to maximise this engagement.
  • Identify the barriers to engagement with and from significant males, and how to overcome these barriers.


09.30:   Welcome – Aims and Objectives

10.00: An overview of what research and SCRs are saying about engaging fathers & significant men when working with children and families. Facts & statistics about working with men

11.00: Break

11.15: Working with men: What are the barriers? Stereotypes exercise

The role of fathers & significant men in child development

12.45: Lunch

13.30:   Engaging fathers and significant men in assessments and interventions: case study based exercise and good practice examples

14.30:   Break

14:45:   Communication skills: experiential skills development exercise for engaging fathers and significant men

16.30:   End


Booking has now closed for this event.

Further Information:



OSCB trainers: Anne Peake / Andrew Jones

Venue Details:

County Hall, County Hall, New Road, Oxford OX1 1ND

(01865 815843 /