Supporting fathers and couples
Effectively involving fathers in parent-and-child arrangements
Scientific studies suggest that fathers are just as tuned into their babies as mothers. For example, men's hearts race as fast as women's when they hear a baby scream, and fathers can recognise their own infants, blindfold, just by touching their hands - after only an hour spent cuddling them.
In general, children do better when they have a relationship with both parents. Children’s Services have a tendency to focus only on mothers when it comes to parenting, and fathers can feel excluded from the system and redundant in their role as a parent.
Many of the mothers in our care will have ongoing relationships with their babies’ fathers, whether or not they still see themselves as a couple. Of course there are exceptions, but for the vast majority of babies and children, encouraging fathers to be as involved as they can will only be good for the child’s long-term development.
So what can you do to help?