Following Young Fathers

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Young Fathers Project – Salford

Part of Salford Teenage Pregnancy Team and IYSS
Salford Opportunities Centre
2 Paddington Close
Salford
M6 5PL

tel :0161 603 6874 /07971 963 167
email : tom.cole@salford.gov.uk

Funding

Statutory funded, although subject to current proposed restructure in provision of IYSS

Location and Geographical area covered

Salford, Greater Manchester

Source (s) of Referrals, including self referrals

Occasional self referrals, but mostly through other agencies and organisations including teenage pregnancy midwife, specialist young parents workers, Greater Manchester Probation, Children’s Centres, Children’s services social workers, Youth Offending Service, Next Steps After care services, housing providers, health visitors, schools, Connexions, Children’s Services Early intervention and Prevention locality teams.

What we do

The project is part of the teenage pregnancy team. Integral to the project is its involvement and partnership with the teenage pregnancy midwife, and 3 specialist young parents workers, who work across the Salford supporting young women who conceive under 18 yrs old.

The project works with young men who are fathers, expectant fathers, or acting as fathers in a family unit, aged up to 25 years old and live in Salford. The project meet up with the young man once they are referred in, often in their own home and carries out a youth work based assessment to ascertain where the young person is up to in relation to involvement with their child/ren, education, training and employment, experiences of children if they are expectant, support, benefits,  housing and relationships. The project discusses breastfeeding, offers support in giving up smoking, access to contraception and looks at what kind of support the young person would want from the project. Most of the work with young men is one to one, but the project also runs several young parents groups, in Children’s Centres, alongside their workers, offers dads and kids and mums and dads kids trips out, and delivers bespoke sessions with young men (and their partners if relevant,) around relationships, dealing with anger, anxiety and domestic abuse. The project does deliver group work sessions to young men at risk of becoming fathers, and alongside colleagues from the wider teenage pregnancy team offers antenatal sessions for young parents. Finally the project delivers a session around fatherhood, and the value of involving fathers, on Midwifery and Health Visitor courses in Manchester and Salford. The project has one full time worker : Tom Cole, a part time worker who works on the young parents groups : Glynn Thompson, and Tim Rumley the manager of the TP team co facilitates the University sessions.

Information correct as at June 2013

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