Scheme to help dads re-build relationships with children affected by domestic abuse expands

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A scheme on Anglesey which helps fathers re-build relationships with their children that've been affected by domestic abuse is now being extended across into other parts of North Wales.

The Caring Dads programme claims it has stopped a number of children going into care.

The scheme is expanding to help dads in Gwynedd develop healthy father-child relationships, so their children can continue to live safely at home within the family.

The programme is run by the domestic abuse support service Gorwel, and De Gwynedd Domestic Abuse Services, partnered with Caring Dads Canada.

Gorwel is managed by housing association GrŵpCynefin.

The Gwynedd programme launched in Penrhyndeudraeth at the end of July and will run weekly for 17 weeks.

Caring Dads aims to increase participants’ awareness of attitudes and behaviours that form father-child relationships.

The group says that research indicates that effective engagement with fathers increases the positive contribution they have on their children’s lives.

This in turn results in a range of emotional, physical and cognitive benefits for their children.

Caring Dads are publicising the programme’s arrival in Gwynedd among health visitors, midwives, social services and GPs.

Fathers can also refer themselves to the programme.

Watch Rob Shelley's report here.