Caring Dads: Safer Children Helping dads address violent behaviour

Children can be deeply traumatised if they see violence between their parents or carers, even if they aren't physically harmed.

Caring Dads: Safer Children is for fathers who are having difficulties in their family because of their abusive or violent behaviour.

It aims to help dads:

  • stop their abuse
  • recognise the impact their behaviour has on their children
  • improve their parenting.

young boy hugs his father

How it works

Fathers come to the NSPCC to work together in a discreet, supportive group. They attend 17 sessions focusing on topics like:

  • how your behaviour as a parent can be affected by your own childhood experiences of parenting
  • what emotionally abusive, controlling or violent behaviour between parents feels like for a child 
  • what children need from their dads to improve and strengthen their relationship.

Children's stories

"I'd noticed my oldest child, who is 17, starting to behave the way I was – he thought it was acceptable."

Read Gary's story

Evaluating the impact

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Where Caring Dads: Safer Children is available


02820 441650

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