About this webinar

The Anna Freud Centre is announcing the next webinar in the free Early Years in Mind series aimed at all early years practitioners.

1 in 10 new dads struggle with their mental health and are often not supported by services for mental health and parenting. There is a lot of good practice that happens across the country and this webinar aims to highlight useful information which will be helpful for early years (and related) practitioners to draw on and apply in their settings. Early years workers are in a great position to support dads at this crucial time. It’s a real opportunity to encourage positive and nurturing interactions between them and their children.

This webinar will reflect on the Mind the Dad programme, which supports new dads transitioning to fatherhood, here at the Anna Freud Centre. There will also be reflections and learnings from experienced practitioners and lived experienced insight from an LGBT+ fostering experience. The session will close with a Q&A with the audience. Confirmed programme timings to follow.

This webinar accompanies our Supporting Dads resource on the Early Years in Mind page, which covers why the father’s role has increased over the years, challenges faced by new dads, and support for dads. 

This webinar will have automatic subtitles available.


  • Chaired by Abel Fagin, Parent Infant Psychotherapist, Anna Freud Centre
  • Adrienne Burgess, Joint CEO/ Head of Research, The Fatherhood Institute
  • Cliff Joseph, works in the voluntary sector to help young people develop their character, raise aspirations and improve their Academic attainment
  • Riley Coles, Services & Family Membership Manager, New Family Social
Who is this event suitable for?

The event will be open to anyone in the early years sector interested in attending. All early years practitioners are welcome including nursery managers and staff, childminders, children centre managers and any other childcare practitioners.

System requirements for online seminar

The online platform Zoom will be used to deliver this training. Prior to booking on, please ensure you meet the system requirements so you're able to join this event. 

Before the training, please test your equipment is working by going to and follow the instructions.

3rd February 2022
  • Online - via Zoom (Joining instructions will be sent to the email address you booked on with at least one working day before the event)
  • 1.5 hours
  • 16:30- 18:00 (UK Time)



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