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Parenting NI launches Dads' Project to support fathers

The Dads Project will promote dads being engaged and involved in their children's lives

IN THIS week of Men’s Health Week and Father’s Day, Parenting NI will acknowledge the important part fathers play in their children's lives by launching the new Dads' Project.

The Dads' Project will support dads living throughout Northern Ireland who are separating, separated and/or currently involved within the courts service.

Alongside providing support services for fathers, the Dads' Project will promote children’s rights to have access to both parents and the importance of children having an ongoing relationship with their dads.

Charlene Brooks, CEO of Parenting NI, highlights the need for such a project.

"The relationship between children and their fathers is so, important. While there are some occasions where contact is not possible, in general the research is clear. Children do better if they have contact with their father.

"They do better in school, have better physical and mental health and have better social skills. Having a father who is active and engaged in his children’s life is hugely important for positive outcomes.

"Separation is the single most common cause for calls to the Parenting Regional Helpline, with 35 per cent of dads contacting the helpline contact us about separation.

"The Dads' Project will support separated dads by promoting their engagement and involvement in the lives of their children, families and community.

"The project will aim to develop their confidence in their parenting ability and to build positive social connections and relationships with other dads in their community."

:: For full information see Parentingni.org/parents/dads-project

Research shows that having a father who is active and engaged in their children’s life is hugely important for positive outcomes

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