Principles of Father Engagement

The Father Inclusive Practice Forum in Newcastle, Australia developed nine (9) principles of father inclusive practice based on the premise that fathers are important for the well-being of infants and children. They are:

  1. Father awareness
  2. Respect for fathers
  3. Equity and access
  4. Fathers' strength
  5. Practitioners' strength
  6. Advocacy and empowerment
  7. Partnership with fathers
  8. Recruitment and training
  9. Research and evaluation (University of Newcastle, Australia)

For a detailed description of examples of practice implications for service providers, view or download Principles Implications for Service Providers.