The Father Quality Mark (FQM) is an Award for agencies – or services within an agency – demonstrating good practice in working with fathers.
Already a service in the UK, Joe Hendry is setting up the FQM in Ireland to translate the growing awareness about the important roles fathers play in children’s lives into practical policies and services. Joe is a professional psychotherapist with extensive experience working with children, adolescents and families. Through his work, Joe recognised that despite a growing awareness of the important role fathers play in children’s lives, this is not reflected in practical childcare policies and services.
Based on academic research, father-friendly services are defined in the FQM as those which fully take into account the impact of fathers on children’s lives and deliver good practice in relation to children’s welfare. Agencies and services that achieve an FQM will have established policies and practice that strengthen and value positive father-child relationships.
Increasingly my professional work has helped reinforce my view of the importance of fathers in children’s lives and development.