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PRESS RELEASE: “Data desert on dads” needs urgent review for children’s sake, says a new study. If fathers leave the house after breakup, they also leave the statistics, hears the Scottish Parliament’s new cross-party group on Shared Parenting
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The Scottish Parliament’s first ever cross-party group on Shared Parenting met yesterday (Tues 13th March 2018) to hear evidence that dads are being left out of publicly-funded data collection, leaving potentially harmful gaps in policy around children and families.
Initiated by Ivan McKee MSP, the group at the Scottish Parliament is charged with identifying barriers to full involvement of both parents in the lives of their children from gender stereotyping of services and the custom and practice that assumes that parenting is ‘mothers’ business’.Read more >>
The FNS Understanding Dad training is transforming organisations across Scotland as services embrace the win-win from involving fathers. Senior trainer CHRIS MIEZITIS hears how it worked for Janie Tydeman of Home Start, Glenrothes.
“Attending the Understanding Dad training has hugely changed our practice – and in a very good way," says Janie Tydeman, senior family support and volunteer coordinator at Home Start in Glenrothes, Fife.
"A lot of the mums we have worked with have had very negative experiences with men - domestic abuse and so on - which is real and is bad. But I had lost sight of all the positives there are with men being involved with their children."Read more >>
Fathers Network Scotland is looking for a part-time social media manager. Could that be you?
For nearly four years, Fathers Network Scotland has had a solid social media presence on Twitter, Facebook and Linked In – and a particular success on our popular YouTube channel. We’re now looking to create a more streamlined and strategic approach to social media to capitalise on the charity’s increased profile following our award-winning Year of the Dad campaign in 2016.
Download full job description as pdf.Read more >>
DADS in Scotland are set to feature more prominently in research about families, after a massive new study highlighted how even the most involved fathers are often classed as “non-resident” and their separated partners “single parents”.
“Where’s the Daddy?”, a three-year study funded by the Nuffield Foundation, coincides with a rethink by researchers for the Growing Up In Scotland longitudinal survey, who are keen to capture greater diversity in the lives of modern fathers.Read more >>
Is Shared Parental Leave "maternalistic" by design? And if so, who exactly is being left out? DR EMMA BANISTER and DR HELEN NORMAN examine the need for policy makers to include fathers in family-friendly initiatives.
First published in Manchester Policy Blogs
The benefits of active involvement of fathers in children's lives reach beyond the wellbeing and happiness of children and the family itself, supporting goals of gender equality.Read more >>
In an update on our Cattanach Trust funded projects, CHRIS MIEZITIS hears how a dads group in Levenmouth, Fife is getting on...
THE dads who attend Fife Gingerbread's Dad & Me project are often grappling with huge personal challenges.
"The work can be quite intense," says Mandy Ferguson, who began her role with Fife Gingerbread as the new Dad & Me Project Coordinator in April 2016. "When I started in post, I thought it would all be child development - but I've since discovered that to help dads to support their child you must first work to remove any barriers to their focus, for example housing, financial and addiction issues."Read more >>
Fathers Network Scotland today backed calls for a complete overhaul of employment law and a well-paid three-month period of “daddy leave” following the publication of a major UK study into fatherhood.
The ground-breaking research review by the Fatherhood Institute, funded by the Nuffield Foundation, found that while fathers are now spending as much time caring for their very young children as mothers were in the 1960s, parenting is still far from gender-equal. The study – ‘Cash or Carry?’ – recommends ‘Fair Jobs for Dads’ to make it easier for fathers, as well as mothers, to care and earn for their families.Read more >>
Schools are looking to engage parents in their children’s education – and the forward-thinking ones are particularly keen to bring dads in. NICK THORPE reports on a rare opportunity to experience daily life in his son's high school...
WALKING up the steps to my first full school day in 30 years is a nerve-wracking moment. Even in middle age, I can feel a flutter of anxiety as the bell goes, taking me back to the days when life was partitioned into 50-minute chunks.
As the first big Christmas adverts hit our screens, PROF DAVID MARSHALL hopes for more nuanced portrayals of fathers at the heart of the home.
It’s that time of year again. Barely have the Halloween bonfire embers faded before our screens herald the first of 2017's big-hitting festive supermarket ads.
This year Asda and Argos have pipped John Lewis - traditionally the first of the seasonal crop - to unveil their creations, due to air this weekend. So what do they say - if anything - about fathers or father-figures?Read more >>
How do you make a school father-inclusive? Help is at hand with new resources from our pioneering Scottish pilot study.
LOOKING out over a hall packed full of delighted dads getting back rubs from their children, Alison Cameron knew she was at a mountain top moment in her teaching career.
“You could actually feel the love in the room,” remembers the acting headteacher of Prestonpans Infant School, who coached the children in their carefully rehearsed Father’s Day gift. “When the children went back to their classrooms, the amount of male carers who came up to me and said thankyou for that!”Read more >>