Caring Dads – Helping fathers value their children

October 11, 2018

The annual STOP Domestic Violence Conference will be held at QT, Gold Coast on Monday 3 and Tuesday 4 December 2018 with optional workshops on Wednesday 5 December.  

The objective of the conference is to provide a platform for a unified voice to share, network and collaborate on the challenges and successes of behaviour change. Our human basic needs of comfort and security are violated when violence is common, impacting home life, the work place and the community.

Joining us at the conference is Mr Brett Fahey, Regional Leader NSW Illawarra & South Coast at Mission Australia who will present on ‘Caring Dads – Helping fathers value their children’.


This presentation will talk about the Domestic and Family Violence Intake, Referral and Assessment Model being trialled in NSW under the NSW Government’s Safe Home for Life Child Protection Reforms. The presentation will cover the targeted and individualised multi-modal early intervention and prevention responses to families where DFV is present in the home. Specifically, the audience will learn about the Men’s Behaviour Change Program, “Caring Dads” being delivered through the service. Caring Dads is a 17-week program aimed at fathers who have exposed their children to DFV of low to moderate severity and still have regular contact with their children. The program focuses on fathering as the motivating factor of change. The presentation will cover the core components and goals of the program, providing opportunities for the audience to participate in some of the activities that make up the program. The presentation will also cover the initial results from delivering the program in the Illawarra/South Coast region.


Brett Fahey has worked in the Community Services sector for 20 years and has a Bachelor of Social Science and a Master’s in Business Administration. As the Regional Leader for Mission Australia in NSW Illawarra and South Coast, Brett leads teams across a vast array of services including support for children, young people and their families, working with victims and perpetrators of domestic and family violence, drug and alcohol withdrawal and rehabilitation, services for young people, kinship care, juvenile justice, employment related services and financial and gambling counselling services.

For further information on the 2018 STOP Domestic Violence Conference please visit