This report relates to a 2011 research study into the experiences of homeless fathers, identifying the consequences of their homeless experience and their relationship with their children.
It was developed by the Institute of Child Protection Studies, in collaboration with Hanover Welfare Services and Melbourne City Mission; for FaHCSIA under the National Homelessness Research Agenda 2009 – 2013.
This mixed method study begins to address this research and knowledge gap by exploring the experiences of homeless fathers, with or without an active parenting role. It identifies the social, emotional and material consequences of their homeless experience for them and their relationship with their children. The study also examines how their identity and role as fathers impacts on their lives in general and their experiences of homelessness. Finally it examines how homelessness services currently support single fathers and identifies policy and service delivery changes that could result in improved outcomes for this largely invisible population.
This study, funded by the Australian Government under the National Homelessness Research Agenda 2009-13, increases what is known about the impact of homelessness on fathers and how their experiences of homelessness affect their parenting and relationship with their children. The findings of this study can inform policy, services and community organisations who work with homeless fathers, build service capacity to respond better to their needs, and lead to better outcomes for homeless fathers, their children and the community.