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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!

Meet the future of fatherhood

DavidEarlyandJonahb.jpgTo glimpse the future of Scottish fatherhood, take a look at DAVID EARLY. Rejecting outdated gender roles like many in our annual survey, he's pushed hard to “dad up” his work and home life and take an equal responsibility in the nurture of his kids.

DAVID EARLY knows that cultural change can have sharp edges. Determined to be a hands-on dad right from the start, he found himself in an unexpected battle with his employer last year for requesting six weeks of leave around his daughter’s birth.

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How we dreamed up #DadUp

JamesSilvia3.jpgOur new #DadUp campaign came from an idea first pitched in a competition by students at Napier University. JAMES YATES & SILVIA CUTRERA explain how their winning slogan was born…

As MSc Creative Advertising students at Edinburgh Napier University, we’ve been developing our skills and insights this academic year, building a portfolio with creative concepts for advertising campaigns for a range of intriguing briefs, none more so than Fathers Network Scotland.

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Year of the Dad wins award!

Awards_brighter.jpgWe're delighted to announce that the Year of the Dad campaign has been named as the winner of the PRCA's 2017 Dare Award for the charity/not-for-profit sector.

The prestigious PR and Communications industry prize was announced at a ceremony at Edinburgh's Waldorf Astoria Hotel late last week, awarded jointly to Fathers Network Scotland, and our friends at Smarts Communicate PR and Punk Creative, for a positive and inclusive campaign.

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Did you apply for Shared Parental Leave?

Lothian private sector dads, have you applied for Shared Parental Leave - or considered applying for it?

Our research associates would love to talk to you, about your experiences negotiating this relatively new entitlement and how it could be easier to access. 

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Small and Medium Size Enterprises - Dad Research

Family-friendly working can bring huge benefits to both you and your employees.

We are offering Scottish SMEs employing between 50 and 500 people, the opportunity to get involved with pioneering research conducted by The University of Edinburgh Business School. Gain fresh insight into what your dads need at work, and how your business can benefit.

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Join our board!

familycrophr.jpgDo you want to help build a father-friendly Scotland?

Fathers Network Scotland (FNS) is seeking to appoint further members to our non-Executive Board as we take this dynamic organisation to the next stage of its development. 

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Dads' Survey - Have Your Say **SURVEY CLOSED**

hands up**SURVEY CLOSED - WE WILL SHARE THE RESULTS AROUND FATHERS DAY**

Calling All dads! We want to hear about your experiences of fatherhood! 

So we’re asking dads and father figures to tell us about their lives through our annual survey. We need as much Scottish data as we can to push for change in all the right places: the more respondents, the more compelling the results.

So please get involved HERE and share it with your workplace, networks and any other dads you know, and get your voices heard.


We will be closing the survey on Friday 26 May and We’ll share the results in time for Father’s Day.


 

Interviewees needed on fatherhood at work

We need you! If you're based in Scotland and would be willing to talk about how family-friendly your workplace is, our research associates would love to hear about your experiences. 

One of our key aims is to encourage employers to think about what dads need at work.

With that in mind we currently have two projects with the University of Edinburgh Business School and Manchester Metropolitan University – and need your help with this research.

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We need more male childminders!

Male_childminder_Tom_crop.JPGMen are desperately needed in Scotland's childcare workforce. In Childminding Week 2017, TOM MATHIESON shares the joys and frustrations of being a male childminder in a female-dominated sector.

WHAT conclusions do our children draw about men when those who look after them outside the family are almost exclusively female? 

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David Drysdale Memorial Award Announced

HaveyTilley-SamPringle-DougalDrysdale.jpgThe Independent Living Fund Scotland today became the first recipient of the David Drysdale Memorial Award for best emloyer for all stages offatherhood at the Scottish Top Employers for Working Families Awards. NICK THORPE reports from a poignant ceremony at Glasgow’s Lighthouse.

IT was a moment of unusual emotion in a ceremony that has become an annual fixture on the Scottish business calendar: the inaugural David Drysdale Memorial award presented by David’s own father, to a company embodying the dad-friendly practice he championed until his death last year.  

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