Helping fathers of seriously ill and life-limited children
Fathers of seriously ill or life-limited children can be silent victims. Fathers often have the added responsibility of supporting the family financially whilst trying to care for a very ill child. They can bottle up their feelings whilst the pressure on the family grows. Statistically it is more common for mothers to resign from their jobs to provide full time care for their child. In many cases, fathers increase their hours of work to compensate for the loss of household income. Feelings of resentment and isolation can develop, and family breakdown then becomes more likely. Moreover, men are three times more likely to commit suicide than women.
Roald Dahl's Marvellous Children's Charity is working in partnership with Sebastian's Action Trust to help support 100 fathers of seriously ill children over one year.
The project will employ a part-time Dad's Support Worker who will work on a one-to-one and group basis with fathers who have a life-limited, seriously ill child. The support worker will help them to help support their child. They will provide monthly support groups and weekend activities, so that dads have the opportunity to meet with other men in similar circumstances.