Caring Dads

About 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.

Program delivery and objectives
Caring Dads is a voluntary program, delivered by highly skilled practitioners.
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
  • Recognise 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.