Twenty young dads are currently being recruited, trained and supported to improve the services for young fathers in their areas.
Every member of the council is paid London Living Wage (£9.15 per hour as of 2015), and receives support to cover the costs of travel and childcare.
Young Dads’ Council has grown out of our successful Young Dads TV project.
Young men overwhelmingly want to be good fathers but systems designed to help parents are geared towards mothers. Sadly, this means that even the most motivated young fathers can feel pushed away from their children.
– Many young fathers are unaware of the statutory support available to them: in a typical London borough, only 1 in 10 young fathers makes use of the government’s ‘Sure Start Children’s Centres’
– Young fathers do connect with statutory support services. They report feeling like a secondary parent
– Young fathers feel isolated from each other but value the support and guidance they can provide to each other.
Contact: Hannah Turner-Uaandja at Hannah@familyandchildcaretrust.org