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Caring Dads

In Australia, there are few services helping men who have used violence that specifically focus on improving parenting practices. Caring Dads is Australia's first evidence-based behaviour-change programs helping fathers who have used violence to improve their relationship with their children. Caring Dads is a voluntary program, delivered by highly skilled practitioners.


About The Program

The Caring Dads program comprises:

✔ A 17-session, empirically-based group-parenting intervention for fathers

Systematic outreach to mothers to ensure their safety and freedom from coercion

Ongoing, collaborative case management of fathers with existing service providers and other professionals involved with fathers’ families.

Program Principles

Enhance fathers’ motivation to change their behaviours

Promote child-centred fathering

Address fathers’ ability to engage in respectful, non-abusive parenting with the mothers of their children

Recognize that children’s experiences of trauma will impact their development

Work collaboratively with other service providers to ensure that the child's best interest remain paramount, while engaging perpetrators of harm

Program Goals

To develop sufficient trust and motivation to engage men in the process of examining their fathering

To increase fathers’ awareness and application of child-centred fathering

To increase fathers’ awareness of, and responsibility for, abusive and neglectful fathering and the impact of this on their children

To rebuild trust with children and plan for the future.

Helping Dads do better so children and partners are safer

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