Names have been changed to protect people's identities
Joseph is a 22-year-old father who was referred to Father 2 Father by his local borough services. Joseph had many complex health, educational and social developmental needs, as well as a poor relationship with the mother of his son. But with support from Father 2 Father, Joseph received advocacy and support for his parenting ability.
After separating from parental care aged 14, Joseph spent much of his young life moving around London Boroughs. Joseph had a history of complex educational and social developmental needs. Now in East London, Joseph found himself homeless after his relationship with his ex-partner deteriorated.
Joseph's support worker referred him to Father 2 Father because lack of access and contact issues with his child. There were also concerns about Joseph's ability to parent and communicate effectively with the mother of his children.
Father 2 Father's Involvement
Through intensive key working practices, Father 2 Father’s Development team maintained weekly contact with Joseph in person or via the phone, teaching practical parenting skills and offering lessons on his children's developmental needs using tools from Super Dad. In discussions, Father 2 Father reflected on a Father’s role and types of masculinity, teaching Joseph about alternative ways to be.
Along the way, Father 2 Father helped Joseph with setting achievable long, medium and short term goals. The team even encouraged and supported Jospeh’s participation in services he was initially wary of and housing support.
Joseph and his ex-partner have since made amicable arrangements for contact with his children, and social workers are now confident that Joseph demonstrates better understanding of the needs of his children and can prioritise these over his own. To this day, Father 2 Father continues to support Joseph on his journey.