It’s About the Kids

Our vision: To provide every child in Australia with an effective father or father figure

What we do at the Fathering Project – inspiring fathers and father figures to become better – is beneficial to the kids of today and tomorrow.

Dads will benefit from a better relationship but most importantly – it’s all about the kids!

How it all started…

Professor Bruce Robinson, a respiratory physician had often discussed the regrets that patients had who did not have long to live. Unanimously they said:

  • “I didn’t spend enough time with my kids”
  • “I spent too much time at work”
  • “I wish someone had told me”

Bruce then began researching fatherhood, spending hundreds of hours interviewing men and kids. This resulted in a deep understanding of fatherhood that initiated a number of books and publications, with Bruce becoming a respected authority on fathering.

Bruce has been awarded the honour of 2013 Western Australian of the Year for his contribution to the community and a nominee for 2014 Australian of the Year. Bruce concluded:

“Fathers are the most powerful force in Australia to reduce the chances of our kids falling victim to drug, suicide and crime. The economic benefits of a proactive approach to fathering are enormous. It impacts the key areas of health, education, law & order like no other factor in our society.”

Prof Robinson also learnt that the research is compelling…

Research shows that an effective father or father figure has a huge impact upon the child, including:

  • Reduced incidence of crime;
  • Reduced incidence of Alcohol & drug abuse;
  • Enhanced mental health & self-esteem;
  • Improved school engagement & performance;
  • Increased social competence;
  • Decrease in risky sexual behaviour; and
  • Improved health behaviours.
Issue a child faces When there is an effective father
Child Development
  • Higher levels of cognitive and social competence
  • Increased social responsibility and capacity for empathy
  • Positive self-control and self-esteem
  • More positive interactions with siblings
  • Fewer school adjustment difficulties and better academic progress
Social Skills & Relationships
  • Better psychosocial adjustment
  • Higher levels of social competence
  • Increased social responsibility, social maturity and life skills
  • More positive child/adolescent-father relationships
Mental Health & Self Esteem
  • Higher self-worth
  • Protective & positive effects on mental health
Tobacco, Drugs & Alcohol Preventing

  • Smoking uptake
  • Under-age drinking
  • Illicit drug use.
School Engagement & Performance
  • Fewer school adjustment problems
  • Better academic progress
  • Enhanced occupational achievements in adulthood
  • Reduced level of victim & perpetrator rates
Adolescent Sexual Behaviour
  • Increased condom use
  • Delayed onset of sexual activity
  • Reduced risky activity
  • Reduced teenage pregnancy
Delinquent Behaviours
  • Decreased delinquency
Overweight/Obesity & Physical Activity
  • Reduced obesity
  • Increased levels of fitness
Issue a child faces The impact of an absent father
Child Development
Social Skills & Relationships
  • 90% of runaway children
Mental Health & Self Esteem
  • 4 x likely to need help for emotional or behavioural problems
Tobacco, Drugs & Alcohol
  • 10 x average in drug rehab
School Engagement & Performance
  • 2 x more likely to drop out of school
  • Increased level of victim & perpetrator rates
Adolescent Sexual Behaviour
  • 7 x more likely to become pregnant as a teen
Delinquent Behaviours
  • 2 x more likely to end up in gaol
Overweight/Obesity & Physical Activity
  • 15 x more likely to be overweight or obese