Federal Member for Hasluck, Ken Wyatt MP, has praised a local organisation building links between children and their fathers after the Federal Liberal-National Government invested $5.4 million in its parent organisation to grow its national footprint.
The Fathering Project was founded in Western Australia in 2013 to tackle the problems of child substance abuse, suicide and self-harm and has a group operating at several Hasluck schools including Bramfield Park Primary, Greenmount Primary, Guildford Grammar and Kalamunda Christian School.
Federal Minister for Families and Social Services, Paul Fletcher, has announced that the Government’s three-year commitment to growing more groups like it.
Mr Wyatt said the Fathering Project strives to inspire fathers and father figures “to become the best Dads they can be”.
“The aim is to benefit their children by equipping fathers and father figures to engage in an effective way,” Mr Wyatt said.
“Through initiatives like their Dads Group program, The Fathering Project takes a preventative approach that seeks to stop or reduce problems before they occur.
“Our investment will enable the Fathering Project to expand nationally from its current operations in WA, Victoria, Queensland and New South Wales”.
CEO of The Fathering Project Wayne Bradshaw said he is looking forward to rolling out the model nationally.
“We are looking forward to rolling out our national expansion model and reaching even more Australian families, inspiring and equipping fathers and father-figures to be engaged with the young people in their lives and consequently improving outcomes for kids,” said Mr Bradshaw.
“Research shows that an effective father figure has a huge impact on a child’s development. We help fathers and father figures to be the best they can be.”
Minister Fletcher said the Liberal-National Government was able to invest in groups like The Fathering Project that brings Australians together because of its sound management of a strong and growing economy.
The Government will support the project in two key areas:
The expansion of the Fathering Project’s schools program around the country, through the establishment of self-supporting and collaborative dads groups within schools to support fathers to better engage with their children.
The development of an enhanced digital presence to facilitate better engagement with fathers online, including through the development of a range of resources for fathers. The Fathering Project also develops and publishes resources, guides and tips around effective fathering.
For more information on the Fathering Project, visit https://thefatheringproject.org