Resources and Support for Professionals in Calderdale

Many professionals have admitted to finding it difficult to engage with Dads in the perinatal period. Dad Matters has developed tools and resources for healthcare professionals to aid them in their engagement with Dads, and to support Dads to acknowledge their own mental health journey.

Dad Matters offer training, awareness presentations, attendance at team meetings and individual support to any Maternity staff, Health Visiting staff, and any other professional services or organisations who support dads in the perinatal period, who feel they can improve Dad’s experience within their service.

As part of our core and targeted work, we see many professionals and can work alongside them to help engage, support, and signpost Dads. These include, but are certainly not limited to, Neonatal staff, Social Care, Specialist services, Adult Mental Health services, Perinatal Mental Health services, Parent/Infant Mental Health Services and Third Sector organisations. The remit of the service is key in scoping potential joint work, as long as the professionals are working on developing Parent Infant relationships, or are offering a service that Dads may benefit from that Dad Matters can signpost to, then there is potential for developing a partnership.

For further information, please contact matthew.elliott@home-startleeds.co.uk

Downloadable Resources to support dads

This flyer contains the key information about who we are and what we do. For further information, please direct dad to our website or discuss with him about making a referral.

Each month, we hold two New Dad Workshops specifically for dads. These are on a Saturday morning and a Tuesday evening, to fit around work patterns. New Dad Workshops provide dads with information to help them along their parenting journey, with information about bonding with baby; baby states; consoling a crying baby; watchpoints for mental health; and services which can provide support during the perinatal period.

This leaflet is designed for professionals working with families to issue to dads. Dads often don’t think the literature handed to them around their child’s birth is for them. This leaflet can be personalised on the front to include Dad’s name and your contact information, so that Dad knows the leaflet is for him and is being given to him for a purpose, as well as having contact information for somebody he can reach out to if he needs more support. The leaflet contains useful information for dads both antenatally and after baby’s arrival, with useful organisations included which can provide the support dad needs.