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What is 'If I Were a Dad'?

If I Were a Dad is the first relationship and sexuality education programme developed by young men in custody, for young men in custody addressing topics in a way that is appealing and acceptable for the group.

The aim of If I Were a Dad is to employ a supportive, interactive, fun and flexible approach to discuss a range of topics relevant to relationships and parenting with young men in custody. We use reflective and discursive techniques with young men to explore issues that affect their lives and may pose a critical threat to their well-being and that of their partners and children. The programme is designed to challenge and inform their knowledge and attitudes around relationships and future fatherhood and encourage attitude and behaviour change towards positive, consensual and healthy sex, relationships and parenting.

If I Were a Dad uses video dramas to engage participants and stimulate conversation. A preview of the programme is below:


  • The Team

    The If I Were a Dad intervention was developed by a team from Queen's University Belfast, University of Glasgow, and Stirling University in collaboration with yougn men from Hydebank Wood College and YOI Polmont.

  • Project Partners

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    This work was funded by the Medical Research Council [MR/RO14450/1].