Services for Dads

CPS recognises the important role played by fathers in the lives of children. We also understand how the role of fathers in families is changing – and this brings new opportunities and challenges for men as well as for those who work with families.

Caring Dads

Caring dads The Children’s Protection Society, Uniting Care ReGen and the University of Toronto have been provided funding from the Victorian Government and Gandel Philanthropy to pilot the Caring Dads program in Victoria. Caring Dads is an empirically based, early intervention program developed in Canada by the University of Toronto and Changing Ways.

The program has been designed for fathers who have physically abused, emotionally abused or neglected their children, or exposed their children to domestic violence or who are deemed to be at high-risk for these behaviours. The program consists of a 17-week, empirically-based, parenting intervention for fathers, systematic outreach to mothers to ensure safety and freedom from coercion, and ongoing, collaborative case management of fathers with existing service providers and other professionals involved with men’s families.

Caring Dads combines elements of parenting, fathering, family violence and child protection practice to enhance the safety and well-being of children. Program principles emphasize the need to enhance men’s motivation, promote child-centred fathering, address men’s ability to engage in respectful, non-abusive co-parenting with children’s mothers, recognize that children’s experience of trauma will impact the rate of possible change, and work collaboratively with other service providers to ensure that children benefit (and are not unintentionally harmed) as a result of father’s participation in the intervention.

The Victorian Caring Dads program commenced in September 2016.

For more information, go to the Caring Dads website or download the PDF brochure.

To make a referral please call 1300 938 790 or email

Parents Tuning in to Teens

texting-low res For dads, mums and carers of adolescents 12 years and over

Tuning in to Teens™ shows you how to help your teen develop emotional intelligence.

Would you like to learn how to:

  • be better at talking with your teen?
  • be better at understanding your teen?
  • help your teen learn to manage their emotions?
  • help to prevent behaviour problems in your teen?
  • teach your teen to deal with conflict?

This is a free seven session program delivered by CPS.

The program is FREE however BOOKINGS are ESSENTIAL as places are limited.

When: Thursdays 10am – 12pm from 26 October – 7 December (7 sessions)

Where: CPS, 70 Altona Street, Heidelberg West

Registration: Julie Graney; P: 9450 0900, E:

Circle of Security Parenting

A Relationship-based parenting program for fathers of children of age 0-4 years

An 8 week group program for fathers who want to understand and respond more effectively to their children’s emotional needs.

The Circle of Security approach uses a training DVD, handouts and group discussion to explore different ways of understanding how to respond to your child’s needs, especially at times where their behaviour is confusing or challenging.

Learn ways to enhance the development of your child’s self esteem, trust and sense of security.

Support the creation of a secure base from which your child feels able to explore their world, knowing there is a safe haven to return to.

When: Thursdays 6.30 – 8.30pm from 19 October – 7 December (8 sessions)
Note: a meet & greet / registration will be held on Thursday 12 October (6.30 – 7.30pm)

Where: Boori Maternal and Child Health Care (Caterpillar Room), 21 Winchester Avenue, Epping

Bookings/Enquiries: Pauline or Vivian on 9408 9058

Bookings are essential for catering purposes. We regret childcare cannot be provided

Dads Tuning in to Kids

father daughterFor fathers of young children

Tuning in to Kids™ teaches you how to help your child understand and manage feelings (emotional intelligence).
Children with good emotional intelligence:

  • Have better concentration at school
  • Have greater success at making and keeping friends
  • Are more able to manage conflict with their peers
  • Are more able to calm down when upset or angry

The program is FREE however BOOKINGS are ESSENTIAL.

Where: Next group TBC

When: Next group TBC

Registration: Julie Graney; P: 9450 0900, E:

This program is for fathers only. We regret that childcare cannot be provided.

Bringing up Great Kids

53491 Father smiling with daughter LargeA six-session parenting program for fathers of young children aged 0-5 years

Would you like to:

  • Understand your child’s development better?
  • Have a more positive relationship with your child?
  • Reflect on the origins and influences of your parenting style?
  • Be a more reflective and mindful father?
  • Develop effective communication with your child?
  • Encourage the development of your child’s self-esteem and resilience?

Bookings Essential as places are limited.

Where: Next group TBC

When: Next group TBC

Registration: Julie Graney; P: 9450 0900, E:

This program is for fathers only. We regret that childcare cannot be provided.

Individual Counselling for Fathers

Counselling provided through the Fathers and Family Relationships program aims to improve relationships within families and to strengthen and improve fathers’ positive, active involvement with their children.

Fathers that participate in counselling develop better relationships, improve awareness of their parenting style and gain a better understanding of themselves and those around them, contributing to an overall greater health and wellbeing. CPS offers;

  • Free father-specific counselling service for fathers located in the North East Metropolitan region of Melbourne
  • Single or multiple-sessions available
  • Experienced counsellors able to provide a responsive, father-sensitive and child-focussed counselling service
  • Self-referral or referral via an existing service provider Intake process can be completed via telephone
  • Counselling appointments can be made at our Heidelberg and Thomastown offices.

Limited after-hours counselling appointments can be made by prior arrangement.

Enquiries: Phone 9450 0900

Father Inclusive Practice Network

CPS supports the development of more father inclusive practice to support dads to engage the services they need from the moment they become a father until their children reach adulthood. 

We host the Father Inclusive Practice Network (FIPN) meeting for professionals four times per year at our Thomastown office. This forum often has a guest speaker delivering a presentation on a topical issue faced by professionals in their daily work with children, parents and families and specifically in relation to strategies to enhance the engagement of fathers in community services and programs.

The purpose of the FIPN is also to:

  • Raise the profile of father specific programs and services;
  • Identify and address gaps in service delivery for fathers;
  • Share information and network with other professionals;
  • Explore opportunities for partnership, collaboration or co-facilitation of group programs for fathers;
  • Promote father-specific programs, projects and events;
  • Enhance the knowledge base of professionals working with families.

The FIPN is open to all relevant agency workers in the Northern region. Please contact our office to be placed on our mailing list and to receive and update of our guest speaker program. Network members unable to attend meetings will receive minutes from meetings by email.


Family Friendly Activities

The Fathers and Family Relationships Program works collaboratively with other agencies to develop and promote activities for fathers and their families in the community. These activities include;

  • Pop-up and facilitated playgroups 
  • Father-specific community events
  • Promotion of Father Inclusive Practice in the community sector

For more information please contact the Program Coordinator, Fathers and Family Relationships on 03 9450 0900 or by emailing