What we do
Becoming a parent can be one of the biggest and most demanding changes a person can go through. Young dads are among the most socially excluded parenting groups in the UK. They often miss out on the support networks that most parents take for granted and rely on.
The YDC employs, trains and mentors a small team of young dads who bring about real change by sharing their knowledge and experiences with practitioners, service providers and policy makers. The YDC gives young dads a space to be vocal and heard, to support one another and to improve their life chances and those of their children. There is strong evidence that father involvement is positive for mums, children and dads.
The YDC provides a range of innovative workshops, training sessions, talks and research services that are co-designed and co-delivered by young dads to support professionals to overcome the challenges they face in their work to reach and support young dads.
The YDC’s services go beyond the traditional ‘read this PowerPoint, remember this acronym’ format. We create a space for real dialogue, reflection and growth.
As experts by experience, our young dads will guide you through open and constructive discussions based on their experiences, supporting you to reflect on and reevaluate your work from the perspective of a young dad.
From small, simple phrases you can use, to organisation wide practices you can implement to transform how you and your team support the wellbeing of young dads in your local community, the YDC will help you make the changes you want and need to see in your work.
Learn more about our Ask a Dad workshop below, or email Nicky Hill, Project Manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org to find out more about how we can support you.
Left out report
The Left Out report seeks to explore how young dads are accessing antenatal and postnatal services such as midwifery services, early years education and childcare. We have found multiple pitfalls in service accessibility, access to information and young father engagement. The report sets out our five key recommendations for improvement.
YDC North was launched as a collaboration between Family and Childcare Trust and Leeds City Council. Following a study by the University of Leeds which demonstrated that young fathers are often marginalised and side-lined in professional settings, YDC North was designed to expand and roll out the successful work of the YDC to the north of England. This includes empowering, supporting and training selected young fathers as experts by experience in advocacy work on behalf of other young fathers and engaging in practitioner training and consultation.
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