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CONSULTANCY TO AGENCIES



"It's not that we don't want to reach out to men or think their



When you look at most family 

support and intervention services
 
across Australia, three features 

stand out: they are attempting to

do an enormous job
with modest

resources; frontline workers are 

usually women; and it is mothers

who access the services… 

but most services would like to 

involve
fathers.” 

RICHARD FLETCHER
‘Bringing Fathers In’ Handbook, 
University of Newcastle, 2004 p.3
   





"Evidence is now undisputed,
 
demonstrating that
fathers, not 

just mothers, are a vital key to 


producing positive outcomes 

for children, families and society.  

Traditionally services have 

revolved around mum and the 

kids but in many cases unless 

Dad is involved in the service 

or intervention the impact on 

the family is often minimal."


WARWICK MARSH
Founder & CEO 'Dads 4 Kids -
Fatherhood Foundation' 

 

 

 

 needs are unimportant - guys in our area just don't give a damn. They don't see a need to get involved with our service..."



It's easy to see why many workers feel that way. But in our experience there is much an institution and individual professionals can do to meet men at least half way... to become more inclusive of fathers and males in general.  

The fact is, a common perception among men is that 'agencies are run by women, for women'. The solution is not to reduce services to mums and kids, but rather to approach family work from another angle; to provide a more rounded service that involves dad where possible. As a result mum and the children invariably benefit.

   
What are the changes needed to make this a reality?

How much will it cost to put on a male worker?

What can we do with the female staff we have?

Not many, not much, a lot.

Prior to full-time men's work in local government, ROB KOCH
developed a niche working with men within an all-female family services agency. It was 2002 when he first created and delivered the Pit Stop parenting course for Dads. To the amaze- ment of stakeholders, courses were soon overflowing - 20, 30 even 40 men each course with a retention rate of 92%!



Rob has identified the principles that work, and has consistently equipped, supported and promoted men's work in agencies, community centres, community health organisations and welfare networks. 

He is quick to acknowledge the reality that -


"Most agencies do not have the resources to create a ‘Men’s Programs’ position, but much can be achieved for a fraction of the cost through part-time contracting, or consulting to determine the most cost-effective priorities and initiatives." 


Rob and his associates at BETTER MEN Australia are available to help your organisation
ensure the needs of men, especially fathers and their families, are addressed. 

To see what is possible, click here.


To provide your staff with some professional development on engaging men click here for details.

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