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For the majority of men, becoming a father is one of the most challenging, yet transformative, things they will ever experience. Services, traditionally designed to engage with mothers, are now increasingly coming to realise this fact, and acknowledge not only the changing role that men today are playing in family life, but the important input these individuals have in the lives of their children

Positive father involvement contributes to, and provides for, a whole range of better outcomes for children and young people. These include:

  • Higher educational attainment
  • Fewer behavioural problems
  • Better peer relations
  • Less likelihood of engaging in offending behaviour
  • Reduced levels of substance abuse
  • Higher self esteem
  • Increased occupational mobility

As well as biological fathers, a wide range of individuals may act as a father figure to a child. They can include: stepfathers, grandfathers, elder brothers, uncles, cousins, a mother’s new partner etc. The key factor is that they are acting as a positive role model to a child.

Taken from Children in Wales publication ‘Including Fathers in Early Years Services’

Local information about Dad’s groups in Ceredigion:

Borth Family Centre – ‘My Dad and Me’ Every 2nd and 4th Saturday of Every Month