At Lads Need Dads, we are committed to underpinning our passion for addressing fatherlessness with sound research as our evidence base for our work, in addition to our significant experience of working in this field directly since 2015 and in other capacities for more than 25 years.

Current Research project:

We are currently carrying out research with a number of Primary, Secondary and Special Schools across Essex and exploring the correlation between absent fathers and disruptive behaviour at school, educational attainment, attendance and exclusion with the aim of introducing a flagging system to identify fatherless boys transitioning from Primary to Secondary School to encourage early intervention support.

The full findings will be published in July,

If you are a school, and interested in contributing to or being involved in our research then please start a discussion with us by emailing here.

Flagging System

Lads Need Dads want to see a flagging system implemented so when boys with absent fathers move up to secondary school this is included in their census data, so they can be easily identified and supported.


  • Early identification = early intervention
  • Plan ahead, put protective factors in place
  • Reduce escalation of behaviour
  • Improved educational outcomes
  • Reduced risk of exclusion
  • Reduced risk of mental health issues
  • Reduced crime
  • Improved life chances