Federal Member for Stirling Michael Keenan has welcomed a $5.4 million investment in a local organisation that helps fathers build relationships and engage with their children.
The Fathering Project was founded in Western Australia in 2013 to help tackle the problems of child substance abuse, suicide and self-harm. It works by helping schools set up groups and organise activities for dads and their children so that they can become more involved in the school community.
Seven schools in Stirling are currently participating in the program including;
- Our Lady of Good Counsel School, Karrinyup
- Karrinyup Primary School, Karrinyup
- Deanmore Primary School, Karrinyup
- Carine Senior High School, Carine
- Lake Gwelup Primary School, Gwelup
- Our Lady of Grace Primary School, North Beach; and
- The West Coast Steiner Primary School, Nollamara
Mr Keenan praised the organisation for its important work and said the government’s three-year funding commitment will ensure it can further expand its reach outside of WA.
“This project strives to inspire fathers to become more active parents and engage with their children in an effective way,” Mr Keenan said.
“It also offers valuable help and insight to stop or reduce problem behaviours before they arise, rather than managing issues after they’ve occurred.
“This is a great result for Stirling families and I look forward to seeing the program in action in local schools this year.”
The funding 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; and
- 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.
For more information on The Fathering Project, visit https://thefatheringproject.org.