Conference "Engaging dads for the best of children"

Free web conference

The webconference will be structured around the four main objectives of the Caring Fathers: safer lives for children programme. The focus is on engaging the person who has been abused: talking about violence, motivating, provoking change and planning for the future.

There is a widespread perception in society that a person who has used violence should be punished. This mindset tends to strain relationships and does not usually lead to the desired changes. Instead of punishment, we can focus on causes and consequences. For example, if a parent is abusive towards his or her children or partner, the result may be that the relationship with the other parent becomes even more strained or even broken. Children, on the other hand, miss their parents even when they are violent, distant or controlling. Alternatives to aggressive behaviour need to be found. The Caring Fathers: a safer life for children programme is one way of creating a safer life for children.

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Agenda 8 October

       
10.00 - 10.05   Opening of the conference - Minister of Social Protection Signe Riisalo  
10.05 - 11.05   Involving fathers. How to talk to a person who has used violence about violence? How to reduce resistance and increase cooperation? Presentation by Antti Alén and Joonas Kekkonen, Miessakit RY, Finland . Antti works as a CEO in the organisation. Joonas, on the other hand, is the Development and Training Manager.

Miessakit is a non-governmental expert organisation dedicated to supporting the spiritual, psychological and social growth of men. The organisation provides support services for men and promotes a family life free of violence.
 
11.05 – 11.20 WELCOME A short break at home or in the office for coffee.  
11.20 - 12.30   Caring fathers. Abusive behaviour and the possibility of change. The presentation will be given by Dermot Brady, Trainer Trainer of the Caring Fathers Programme and Senior Lecturer in Social Work at Kingston and St George's University, London, UK.  
12.30 – 13.30 LUNCH Long break for lunch at home or in the office.  
13.30 - 14.30   Child-centred parenting vs parent-centred parenting. How does the programme "Caring fathers: a safer life for children" support the relationship between child and father? What results have been achieved in 2019-2021 in Estonia. Presentation by Sigrid Petoffer, NGO VAITER. Sigrid is a mother and grandmother. It is important to her that all children feel safe and she believes that to achieve this, parents need to be supported in every way possible.

VAITER brings together, develops and implements mental health know-how with the support of partners, both in the provision of support and in preventive activities. The NGO develops and implements programmes in Estonia aimed at preventing and combating violence and provides services and training for adults, families and professionals.
 
14.30 - 15.10   The story of a father.  

Opening of the conference - Minister of Social Protection Signe Riisalo

Introductory remarks by the Minister of Social Protection, Signe Riisalo, to the webconference "I want to be a caring father".
Words that introduce such an important topic are worth a special listen.

Antti Alen - Miessakit RY, Finland [In Estonian]

Involving fathers. How to talk to a person who has used violence about violence? How to reduce resistance and increase cooperation?

Presentation by Antti Alen - Miessakit RY, Finland. Antti works as a CEO in the organisation.

Miessakit is a non-governmental expert organisation created to support the spiritual, psychological and social growth of men. The organisation provides support services for men and promotes a family life free of violence.

Antti Alen - Miessakit RY, Finland [In English]

Involving fathers. How to talk to a person who has used violence about violence? How to reduce resistance and increase cooperation?

Presentation by Antti Alen - Miessakit RY, Finland. Antti works as a CEO in the organisation.

Miessakit is a non-governmental expert organisation created to support the spiritual, psychological and social growth of men. The organisation provides support services for men and promotes a family life free of violence.

Joonas Kekkonen - Miessakit RY, Finland [In Estonian]


Involving fathers. How to talk to a person who has used violence about violence? How to reduce resistance and increase cooperation?

Presentation by Joonas Kekkonen - Miessakit RY, Finland.  Joonas is Development and Training Manager at Miessakit RY.

Miessakit is a non-governmental expert organisation created to support the spiritual, psychological and social growth of men. The organisation provides support services for men and promotes a family life free of violence.

Joonas Kekkonen - Miessakit RY, Finland [In English]


Involving fathers. How to talk to a person who has used violence about violence? How to reduce resistance and increase cooperation?

Presentation by Joonas Kekkonen - Miessakit RY, Finland.  Joonas is Development and Training Manager at Miessakit RY.

Miessakit is a non-governmental expert organisation created to support the spiritual, psychological and social growth of men. The organisation provides support services for men and promotes a family life free of violence.

Dermot Brady [in Estonian]
Senior Lecturer in Social Work at Kingston and St. George's University, London.


Caring Fathers in Estonian. Abusive behaviour and the possibility of change.
 
The presentation was given by Dermot Brady, Trainer Trainer of Trainers for the Caring Fathers Programme and Senior Lecturer in Social Work at Kingston and St George's University, London, UK.

Dermot Brady [in English]
Senior Lecturer in Social Work at Kingston and St. George's University, London.


Caring Fathers in Estonian. Abusive behaviour and the possibility of change.
 
The presentation was given by Dermot Brady, Trainer Trainer of Trainers for the Caring Fathers Programme and Senior Lecturer in Social Work at Kingston and St George's University, London, UK.

Sigrid Petoffer - NGO VAITER

Child-centred parenting vs parent-centred parenting. How does the Caring Fathers: a safer life for children programme support the relationship between child and father? What results have been achieved in 2019-2021 in Estonia.

Sigrid Petoffer, NGO VAITER, will give a presentation. Sigrid is a mother and grandmother. It is important to her that all children feel safe and she believes that to achieve this, parents need to be supported in every way possible.

The NGO develops and implements programmes in Estonia aimed at preventing and combating violence and provides services and training for adults, families and professionals.

A father's personal experience and reflection on the nature of fatherhood.

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