Government to offer Fathers Guide to Parenthood

Posted on January 26th, 2010

In The Observer newspaper on Sunday 17th January 2010 it was reported that new fathers will be given a ‘dads guide’ to fatherhood that will cover an explanation of breastfeeding and tips on how to support their partner. Avocet welcomes the news that the government will announce this useful tool for Independent Social Workers and new fathers in their green paper to be published later this week on families and relationships.

Avocet agrees that some government policies can focus on mothers and note that this attitude can be reflected in some Independent Social Work assessments. The green paper echoes the views of Avocet that involving fathers in their children’s early years care is productive for their child’s development as well as helping the couple’s relationship to be more stable.

The guide for new fathers has been written and published by the Fatherhood Institution and could be a useful tool for Independent Social Workers. A manual is also being written for midwives so they can offer support to fathers. Once the pamphlet is published it will be considered in Avocet assessments ensuring fathers know their role in raising their children and ascertaining whether fathers are committed to providing ‘good enough’ parenting to their children thus avoiding the risk of significant harm. A concern of Avocet in relation to the pamphlet is that fathers of all academic levels will need to access the information and it also needs to be aimed at fathers with a learning disability or who have difficulty reading and may not understand the material.

Avocet supports and encourages the inclusion of fathers in all of our assessments, particularly Core Assessments and Section 7 reports. There is research available that demonstrates that children do better at school if their fathers are involved in their education and that children who have contact with a positive role model are less likely to commit criminal offences. Avocet Independent Social Work Parenting Assessments seek to understand and assess the behaviours of both mothers and fathers.

Teachers are also being asked to engage more with fathers, including sending them school reports if a pupil’s parents are separated. Avocet Independent Social Workers would support this action and incorporate working in partnership with teachers whilst completing multiagency Core Assessments and Section 37 reports for Local Authorities and the Court.

Avocet Independent Social Workers are committed to working with mothers and fathers during assessments to consider the best outcomes for children. Avocet deems working equally with father and mothers as an important part of its equality and diversity policy.


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Independent Social Work Opportunities for a Social Work Team Manager

Posted on January 11th, 2010

Yesterday, SocietyGuardian posted an article in their ‘What Else Can I Do?’ section that caught my eye.  The article centred around Lucy, a 32 year old Social Work Team Manager.  Lucy is looking for a fresh challenge, and contacted SocietyGuardian for ideas on her next Social Work career move.

Lucy currently works for the Connexions service, and SocietyGuardian came up with 5 suggestions for Lucy to look into.  These ranged from becoming a parenting expert for the youth offending service, a project coordinator for Connexions or working with  a local council to develop their ‘Neets’ policies, to working for a not-for-profit organisation or local education service.

Interestingly the first suggestion (Youth Offending Service) picked up on Lucy’s ability with parenting assessments and court reports.  Skills in such assessments can open up opportunities as an Independent Social Worker with Avocet.

Lucy could join Avocet’s Independent Social Worker Directory, to search for the latest Independent Social Work Jobs that Avocet have to offer.

If you find yourself in a position similar to Lucy, and want to make a change for 2010, then contact Avocet Independent Social Workers to become a member of our Independent Social Worker Directory!


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