At the YDC we believe that as ‘experts by experience’ young dads are the best people to make change for themselves and their peers. We employ a small team of young fathers, training, mentoring and enabling them to share their knowledge and experiences with practitioners, service providers and policy makers and to influence change in policy and practice. We create a space in which our team can provide the ‘authentic’ voice for young dads, while also offering kinship and personal support to members who, in many cases, would otherwise not have been heard. Through the YDC, members develop their employability skill sets improving the life chances for themselves and their children.
We provide a range of professional, peer-led services offering advice, training, research and solutions to the challenges faced by the organisations who aim to provide support for young dads. Our experts-by-experience provide a range of support that will ensure your organisation reaches young dads.
Our range of services have been co-designed by members of the Young Dads Collective. All of the young people on the team are paid London Living Wage plus travel.
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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