Young Fathers Project: Evaluation Report.

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Mordaunt, Enid.
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Trust for the Study of Adolescence.
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The UK continues to top the league table for the highest rate of teenage births in Western Europe. Although data is collected on the mothers of these babies little is recorded on their fathers. This research seeks to help to redress that balance as it examines five projects across England which worked with young fathers from 2002-2004, affording not only those who ran the project a voice, but also the young fathers themselves.

This report is an evaluation of TSA's Young Fathers Project, a two-year pilot that ended in March 2004. It was funded by the Family Support Grant, formerlyadministered by Family Policy Unit, Home Office, and now by the Children, Young People and Families Directorate, Department for Education and Skills (DfES). With the aim of enabling young fathers to become more involved in bringing up their children, it set out to develop, test and evaluate an approach for working with young fathers who were either disengaged or socially excluded. It was expected that the project evaluation would offer lessons for future potential sites to consider.

The project was directed at young, vulnerable fathers from different ethnic groups in urban and rural settings. The five sites offered a geographical spread across England and were each located within a host voluntary organisation. Each site was expected to work with over 50 young fathers aged under 25, of whom more than 15 would be teenagers by developing a programme combining group work, one-to-one work and peer support. The programmes were to help the young fathers consider their personal attitudes and behaviour as men and fathers, while improving both their life skills and practical child care skills. (Author abstract)

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