• Podsoc #42

Involving fathers:

In conversation with Joseph Fleming

Involving fathers in family work particularly in child protection can be challenging for practitioners. Joseph Fleming explores practitioners’ experiences of engaging fathers drawing from his qualitative research.

Joseph Fleming graduated in 1995 from the University of Western Australia with a Bachelor of Social Work (post-graduate) with the majority in child protection, adult and youth mental health, tertiary education and corrections. As a result of his practice, Joseph had developed an interest in ways in which social work and other helping professionals can engage biological and social fathers more effectively in practice. In 2001 Joseph undertook a PhD with the Department of Social Work at Monash University. Joseph research focused on the experiences of practitioners working with fathers. In 2012 he graduated with his Doctorate of Philosophy (Social Work) with the thesis titled; ''The Absence of Fathers in Child and Family Welfare Practice'. Joseph continues to practice as a social worker as well as being actively involved in promoting men’s health and father inclusive practice as a member of the Men and Vulnerable Families Sector Development Group. He has recently taken up an appointment with the University of the South Pacific teaching social work.

Recommended citation – APA6th

Fronek, P. (Host). (2013, February 2). Involving fathers: In conversation with Joseph Fleming [Episode 42]. Podsocs. Podcast retrieved Month Day, Year, from http://www.podsocs.com/podcast/involving-fathers/.

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  2. References


Fleming, J. (2002). Just the two of us: The involvement of fathers in building stronger families. Developing Practice, Winter.

Fleming, J. (2007). If we get the mums and kids in, we are doing well’ Father absence in the context of child welfare: A review of the literature. Children Australia. 32 (3): 13-20.

Fleming, J. & King, A. (2010). A road less travelled: working with men as fathers' in family based services. Developing Practice. 26, 40-51.

Fleming, J. (2010). The Generative Approach: Using the skills with men. Wesley Conference Centre, Sydney, NSW - Wednesday 18th August 2010 (DVD also available). http://www.groupworksolutions.com.au.


Interesting research – “A feasibility study for a randomised controlled trial of a training intervention to improve the engagement of fathers in the child protection system” http://www.cardiff.ac.uk/socsi/research/researchprojects/scourfieldchildprotection.html