Making a Difference for Vulnerable Families: Event Learning Booklet

This Event Learning Booklet captures the lessons learnt from the Making a Difference for Vulnerable Families: Evidence into Policy and Practice event. It includes videos of the keynote speakers and slides from the workshops.


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Improving Futures Learning Event Booklet

In February 2014 the Improving Futures projects came together to share their progress, lessons and impact. This booklet summarises the key learning from the event, including: highlights from the Year 1 Evaluation Report; a summary of the lessons learnt from the Discussion Groups, including Evidencing Outcomes and Working with the Whole Family; a Family Testimonial from one or the families supported by a project; and the results from the Stakeholder Survey showing how the projects are working in partnership with local services.

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Engaging with Fathers webinar – Improving Futures

The postponed Improving Futures webinar “Engaging with Fathers” has been recorded and is now available to view on the Parenting UK website.

Engaging with fathers can be one of the biggest challenges faced by organisations who work with parents. We know that working with both parents can increase the positive impact on children and yet many service users still see family support as female-centric.

To operate a full service, it is important to know where to find and how to engage the fathers of the families we work with.

This event features guest speaker Annette Jones from The Enfield Family Turnaround Project, one of the 26 Improving Futures projects. Annette talks about how the project’s rebranding of services and increased outreach work have been encouraging fathers to be more active in their children’s lives.

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Fathers and Families

This is a guide for parenting practitioners to offer tips and support in engaging and working with fathers.

The document originated as a research paper for Parenting UK, written by Adrienne Burgess of the Fatherhood Institute and funded by what was then the Department for Children, Schools and Families.

This 2014 update has been produced as a learning document for Improving Futures, a UKwide programme funded by The Big Lottery that aims to improve the lives of children growing up in families with multiple and complex needs.

The updated paper includes new material that reflects recent research and aims to support the 26 projects involved in Improving Futures and their work with fathers.

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