Selected study outputs including presentations and outputs can be found on this page. We will update this page regularly as the project progresses.
- Tarrant, A., Way, L., and Ladlow, L. (2021) ‘The impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic on young fathers and the services that support them’, In: Garthwaite, K., Power, M., Patrick, R., Tarrant, A. and Warnock, R. (eds.) Covid-19 Collaborations: Researching poverty and low-income family life during the pandemic, Policy Press: Bristol.
- Tarrant, A., Way, L., and Ladlow, L. (2021) “Oh sorry, I’ve muted you!”: Issues of connection and connectivity in qualitative (longitudinal) research with young fathers and family support professionals, International Journal of Social Research Methodology,
COVID-19 and its impact on young fathers and the professionals that support them
- Tarrant, A., Way, L. and Ladlow, L. (2020) Negotiating ‘earning’ and ‘caring’ through the Covid-19 crisis: change and continuities in the parenting and employment trajectories of young fathers,
COVID-19 Briefing Paper One.
- Tarrant, A., Ladlow, L. and Way, L. (2020) From social isolation to local support: Relational change and continuities for young fathers in the context of the Covid -19 crisis, COVID-19 FYFF Briefing Paper Two.
- Tarrant, A., Way, W. and Ladlow, L. (2021) Supporting at a distance: the challenges and opportunities of supporting young fathers through the Covid-19 pandemic, COVID-19 Briefing Paper Three – Supporting at a distance.
Diverse Dads Project Reports
The Diverse Dads Collaborative (2021) Diverse Dads – Researching inclusive support for (young) fathers, A community-led study, Full Project Report.
The Diverse Dads Collaborative (2021) Diverse Dads – Researching inclusive support for (young) fathers – Recommendations for Services (4 page summary)
House of Lords Parliamentary Inquiry on Youth Unemployment
This submission also encouraged the contribution of short videos from young people with lived experience. Here, Will speaks about his experiences of the labour market as a young father.
NCRM Telephone Methods Toolkit
The pandemic has prompted many social scientists to rethink their research methods and adapt to researching in ways that accommodate social distancing rules. Telephone interviews offer a remote route to fieldwork but their value for researchers extends beyond the pandemic. This toolkit considers the role of telephone interviewing in qualitative research and the advantages and challenges of this method and attendant practical and ethical questions. We provide practical reflections around how to address the challenges associated with telephone interviews and draw on examples from current research.
Blogs and media related to the project
Are the kids alright? Being a young father during the Covid-19 crisis
Linzi Ladlow, Laura Way and Anna Tarrant Covid-19 has exposed and heightened deep inequalities in our society. Social class , , and shape the ways people are experiencing the crisis. Here we consider these intersections, with a spotlight on young fathers and their families.
Capturing the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic on the family relationships of young fathers
In this blog, the team reflect on their ongoing research and on capturing the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on the family relationships of young fathers. The COVID-19 pandemic is impacting on all our lives, albeit in markedly different ways. A frequently over-looked population, especially in family research, are young fathers.
Mental health and the pandemic: were fathers largely unaffected? LSE British Politics and Policy,
by Tarrant, A., Reader, M., and the Covid Realities Special Interest Group
The myth of the fatherless society (2017) The Conversation
Following Young Fathers Further – This presentation describes the evolution of the project idea for Following Young Fathers Further. Reflections are also provided about the key ingredients that were required for developing a successful research proposal.
November 2020: Covid Realities webinar: ‘Interviewing at a distance: reflections on navigating practical, emotional, and methodological challenges’
Throughout the project, the team have been producing regular newsletters, which capture our progress and enable us to share updates about the work. You can read these by clicking on the links below:
Responding to Young Fathers in a Different Way (establishing the Young Dads Collective North), with Prof. Bren Neale.
- for more information about the latest developments with this work, please visit the Grimsby Dads Collective page.
This project was foundational to the development of the Following Young Fathers Further proposal. The project was funded for a year from May 2016 by the Leeds Social Sciences Institute and was awarded £15,000 to continue work with young fathers.
The project built on the findings from the ESRC funded Following Young Fathers (FYF) study, and related findings and analysis of the FYF data from the affiliated Men, Poverty and Lifetimes of Care (MPLC) study. As a practitioner led study it involved collaboration between local and national organisations who were original partner organisations of Following Young Fathers.
The project consisted of three interrelated work packages that broadly sought to extend and improve policy and practice with young fathers nationally; to increase recognition of the multiple challenges faced by young fathers; and to provide them with increasing opportunities to engage in advocacy and collective support.
Two open access reports were produced; one that captures the main project approaches and outcomes and one that summarises existing literature concerning practice and policy approaches to support for young fathers.
Tarrant, A. and Neale, B. (2017) Supporting Young Fathers in Welfare Settings: An Evidence Review of What Matters and What Helps, Responding to Young Fathers in a Different Way: Evidence Review.
Tarrant, A. and Neale, B. (2017) (eds.) Learning to Support Young Dads, Responding to Young Fathers in a Different Way: Project Report.