Walking with Dads (WWD) is equipping those working in child protection with the tools to better address cases where harm is caused primarily by fathers who abuse their partners and children. Developed by the Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services, this intervention program also helps these fathers to take responsibility for the harm their violence causes.
A four-year trial program, WWD had its genesis in both the child protection reforms to better engage fathers and the domestic and family violence (DFV) reforms to hold perpetrators to account. It places a specialist worker in Child Safety Service Centres and has been operating in Caboolture, Caloundra and Gympie since October 2016, and Mount Isa since February 2017.
WWD draws on David Mandel’s Safe and Together approach to bring a domestic violence informed lens to child protection casework. WWD workers are experienced child safety staff who have undergone specialist training and, in Mount Isa’s case, a respected local Kalkadoon father who will bring additional cultural competency to the role.
To read more about this program go to the Supporting Families, Changing Futures news page.