Father’s Group Evaluation – Promoting Happier Parenting
Who attended the sessions?
10 males took part in the course. 70% were parents or carers and 30% were men who were looking to acquire parenting skills for the future. 20% were lone parents.
The men were predominantly of Pakistani origin as figure 1 below shows.
80% of the men did not speak English as their first language. Figure 2 illustrates the variety of languages that the men spoke:
60% were confident writing and speaking English, whilst 40% required additional language support from other members in the group.
The average age of the men who attended was 35 years of age. The youngest man to attend was 23 and the oldest was 44.
50% of the men resided inside the Children’s Centre’s reach area.
What were the outcomes?
70% of the fathers attended the graduation ceremony and received a certificate for completing the course.
100% of the fathers who attended the session, self-evaluated themselves as gaining a full understanding of places to encourage communication with their children.
Conversely at the start the same group of fathers evaluated themselves as only having a partial understanding of the parent and child behaviour session on the same day as English language on occasion were challenging.
70% of fathers self-evaluated and staff recorded that they had a full understanding of listening at the end of the sessions.
Areas which the fathers understood were picture faces which describes feelings, meal time routine and decisions, group scenarios, and human needs. In these areas most felt that they had gained most understanding of the sessions.