Father Inclusive Guidance
Father inclusive practice means that the needs of fathers and father figures are responded to through the planning, development, and delivery of services by:
- recognising the diverse circumstances, strengths and interests of fathers,
- taking a positive approach to the diversity of men, their needs, and expectations,
- encouraging fathers and service providers to openly celebrate and value fathering.
A lack of father inclusivity has been cited as a factor in both national and local child safeguarding practice reviews, as well as in a broad range of research. Father inclusion is an essential element of practice with children and families to ensure the wellbeing and safeguarding of children and young people.
Kent has produced Father Inclusive Guidance and accompanying resources to support practitioners and service providers in taking an inclusive approach to fathers.