Healing Foundation Deadly Dads Project (2011-2013)
The Deadly Dads project is a three-year collaboration between FAC and the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Healing Foundation and two Schools as Community Centres at Fennel Bay and Irrawang Public Schools.
The project aims to improve both father and child outcomes by providing specific, culturally
appropriate support to Indigenous fathers which enhances their fathering experience, strengthens their fathering knowledge and skills and promotes a positive self-image for Aboriginal men who have current and future parenting responsibilities.
Deadly Dads activities include, but are not limited to, father-child cultural camps, didgeridoo groups, dance groups, reading groups and a cultural activity program in which the participants learn about traditional craft, culture and history. The project design was formulated around evidence developed through Family Action Centre research on successful strategies for engaging Aboriginal fathers. It was also based strategies recommended by the Secretariat of National Aboriginal and Islander Child Care (SNAICC) regarding the building of parenting capacity in Indigenous communities.