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The home of father-friendly news, thoughts and creative insights from FNS and our guest bloggers. Let us know what you think – and if you’ve got an idea for a blog post you’d like to write for us, get in touch with FNS!

WANTED: Men to Mentor our Teenage Boys

It’s better to grow emotionally literate boys than it is to fix broken men – but how do we men become the role models our teenagers need? NICK THORPE is excited about a new mentor training coming to Scotland for the first time.

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The Kiltwalk: Our Director's Experience

Have you signed up for the Kiltwalk yet? Our Director Dave Devenney and beautiful Labrador, Molly, took part in the Glasgow event and the rest of the team have been raring to go ever since. Did you know that you can support Fathers Network Scotland while exploring some beautiful countryside and anything you raise will be topped up by 40%? Here's Dave's story. Be warned: You'll have donned your walking boots and kilt before you reach the end!

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Award-Winning Success For Maternity Unit

Chris Miezitis is Fathers Network Scotland's Programme Lead. He runs our Understanding Dad training, which helps practitioners and services identify a more inclusive approach to their practice and service delivery. Chris also leads our How Are You Dad? pilot project, working with midwives and health visitors to encourage the involvement of dads from the antenatal stage right through to postnatal checks. Victoria Hospital Maternity Unit has recently won an award for a piece of promotional content and Chris tells us why this is such a huge achievement.

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#HowAreYouDad From a Mum's Perspective

Our Head of Marketing & Digital Content - Kirsty Nicholls - explains why she's walking the Kiltwalk for Fathers Network Scotland and why the charity's work is so important to her and her family.

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Fatherhood & the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child

Did you know that the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) is the most widely-ratified international human rights treaty in history? 196 countries agree with it. It’s refreshing to consider this in light of the current global political discord, but perhaps unsurprising - and endlessly reassuring - when considering the citizens who it protects: Children.

 

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Walk the Kiltwalk for Fathers Network Scotland

Fresh air, fun, family, friends and a great day out! Sound like your kind of thing? Then why not sign up for the Kiltwalk, enjoy one of the biggest outdoor events in Scotland and raise vital funds for Fathers Network Scotland at the same time!

 

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Six Months' Paid Parental Leave For Dad

At our International Women's Day conference, we heard from Aviva who have launched a group-wide policy to offer men and women equal parental leave. Parents employed by Aviva will be eligible to the same amount of paid and unpaid time off, regardless of gender. We at Fathers Network Scotland are campaigning for an individual right to equal parent leave for both mums and dads, so we were keen to hear from a father who has experienced this. Matthew Kennedy is an Aviva employee from Glasgow and we asked him about his six months' paid parental leave.

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Parental Leave and Flexible Working

So, what's the big deal? Dad get two weeks of leave when he has a new baby. That supports mum through her recovery and gives him a chance to bond with baby, right? Not really. We believe that dads, children, mums and families require so much more. That's why we're so passionate about more accessible parental leave and flexible working for fathers.

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Birth Trauma and #TimeToTalk

You may see the #TimeToTalk hashtag popping up in your social media feeds this week, as campaigners rally behind Time to Change. The organisation aims to challenge the stigma around mental health and get people talking about how they're really feeling. So this week we're paying particular attention to Birth Trauma and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, which can have a devastating impact on both mums and dads. 

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So, How Are You Dad?

The Scottish Government has funded us to increase the understanding by practitioners and NHS maternity staff of dads’ perinatal mental health, and the impact that it has on children, mums and families. We’ll provide training for midwives and health visitors in Fife, North Lanarkshire, Lothian, Tayside and Greater Glasgow, so that they feel confident to check in with dads during their family visits.

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