Children can be deeply traumatized if they see violence between their parents or carers, even if they aren’t physically harmed.
It aims to help dads:
- stop their abuse
- recognize the impact their behaviour has on their children
- improve their parenting
How it works
Fathers work together in a discreet, supportive group. They attend 17 sessions focusing on topics like:
- how your behaviour as a parent can be affected by your own childhood experiences of parenting
- what emotionally abusive, controlling or violent behaviour between parents feels like for a child
- what children need from their dads to improve and strengthen their relationship.
Fathers are eligible if:
- They have physically or emotionally abused their children
- They are at risk of maltreating their children
- They have an overbearing, controlling style of interacting with their children
- They are alternatively over-involved & distant with their children
- They have physically or emotionally abused their children’s mother
- They have regular involvement in caring for their children (access every 2 weeks minimum)
- Have at least one child between 0-12 years
- Have to attend at least 80% of the Caring Dads course
- On completion of the course a final report is written up by the facilitators detailing any progress or significant changes observed throughout the course.
Fathers are NOT eligible if:
- They have a history of child sexual abuse
- They are actively or currently involved in a custody or access dispute
- Have no regular contact with their children
PLEASE NOTE – Individual suitability for the group will also be assessed through the intake process
Child/Children and their mother needs to be supported throughout the programme and cases are also required to remain open with professional bodies.