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ERIC Number: ED506614
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Jun
Pages: 4
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 14
Recognising Fathers: A National Survey of Fathers Who Have Children with Learning Disabilities. A Briefing Note for Policy makers, Commissioners and Services
Towers, Christine
Foundation for People with Learning Disabilities (NJ1)
In the past few decades there has been an increasing interest in the role of fathers within families and a growing understanding of the substantial benefits to children, as well as mothers, of their involvement. This briefing focuses on the experiences of fathers who have children with learning disabilities and the approaches that could make it easier for them to be involved parents. This knowledge results from the "Recognising Fathers" research project, carried out by the Foundation for People with Learning Disabilities since 2005. The briefing suggests how current policy initiatives and service delivery programmes could include specific consideration of fathers. The findings indicate that fathers need to be recognised, especially by employers, family support services and GP practices, as significant carers. The current lack of recognition leads to fathers struggling to combine paid employment with caring responsibilities and to look after their health. Greater awareness of the experiences of fathers would contribute to improved outcomes for children with learning disabilities as well as other family members.
Foundation for People with Learning Disabilities. Sea Containers House 20 Upper Ground, London, SE1 9QB, UK. Tel: +44-20-7803-1100; Fax: +44-20-7803-1111; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Policymakers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Foundation for People with Learning Disabilities
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom