The Fathering Project PKH
The Fathering Project Preventing Kids Harm (PKH) was founded in May 2015. It has been established to specifically tackle the problems of child substance abuse, suicide and self-harm. Through this initiative, the Fathering Project will undertake presentations and courses in schools, workplaces and community groups to educate and provide strategies to fathers and children to create awareness around the topics of child substance abuse, suicide and self-harm.
Associate Professor Lisa Wood and researcher Estee Lambin believe that fathers can help foster “secure exploration” of challenging and unknown situations and this can have a lasting impact through childhood. Fathers and father figures can play a very big role in preventing children from drug and alcohol exploitation. They can also help with a child’s self-esteem which will then further prevent child suicide and self-harm.
The Fathering Project PKH programs primarily aim at working together with fathers and father figures in order to:
- Increase their awareness of substance abuse, suicide and self-harm in relation to school aged children
- Provide strategies to implement preventative measures to reduce the incidence of substance abuse, suicide and self-harm
- Provide strategies to undertake intervention where children are displaying inappropriate behaviours in these areas.
The program also aims to provide awareness and intervention programs for children. We are aiming to work with schools to implement mentor and education programs to help focus on the prevention of substance abuse, suicide and self-harm amongst school children.
The scope for this program is quite significant. Sufficient on-going funding will really help us with conducting research projects through The University of Western Australia; producing much-needed informational materials to schools, parents and children; and also undertaking presentation and implementing prevention programs in schools.
Where the money goes
The purpose of The Fathering Project PKH is to conduct programs to prevent and control behaviours associated with
- Substance abuse
- Suicide &
- Self Harm
The Fathering Project PKH will undertake presentations and courses in schools, workplaces and community groups to educate and provide strategies to fathers and children to promote the prevention of harm due to substance abuse, suicide and self harm.
Funds will be applied to 3 key areas;
- Roll out of regional program.
- Engagement of postgraduate research fellow to undertake research, evaluation and guide content for The Fathering Project materials.
- Preparation of online material for expansion of content and programs.
Specifically there will be attention paid to:
- Producing and distributing information to parents and children to enhance the understanding, identification and mitigation strategies for substance abuse, suicide and self harm.
- Researching and compiling current data in respect of target areas
- Producing innovative and engaging materials (written & digital) that will embed messages
- Building database from schools, website, workplace and community programs in order to distribute materials effectively
- Circulating and distributing materials to fathers and children
- Implementing school based intervention programs regarding suicide and self harm.