Recent research shows that dads need to be more included in family services says Families Commissioner Gregory Fortuin.
“Some old ideas seem to still prevail – that the mum is the main caregiver” he says. Five percent of dads identified themselves as the main caregivers in the recent representative ‘Supporting Dads’ study by the Commission.
“The evidence suggests that service providers have to do more than just say they are father friendly, they need to ensure that their practices, services and resources visibly acknowledge men’s needs and the valuable role they play in family and child wellbeing”, he said.
“Ideally we would like to see some specific funding being given to support services for fathers, particularly those run by dads for dads.”
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