Are you holding an event that welcomes dads as parents? A conference you’d like fathers to attend, or a fun day where dads can bring their children and families? Let us know about events, activities and training around fatherhood in Scotland and we’ll publicise it for you here.

That means if you’re looking for dad-flavoured events, this is the place to find out about them! Use our listings below to see what’s happening – and reserve your place

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Past events

Seminar - Strengthening Father Child Relationships

Thursday, 16 March 2017 at 09:15 AM
Royal College of Physicians in Edinburgh , United Kingdom

Following Year of the Dad, we would like to invite you to reflect on what new evidence there is from the Growing up in Scotland (GUS) longitudinal survey on Father-Child Relationships and how this sits with other evidence on the impact of fathers on their children's well-being.

Sponsored by Children in Scotland and the Scottish Government, this briefing will give practitioners, academics and policy makers an opportunity to discuss the findings of such research and how this might be used in practice.

Adrienne Burgess, CEO of the Fatherhood Institute, will be giving the keynote address on fathers’ impact on children. We’ll also have the opportunity to review the latest GUS report on Father-child relationships and socio-emotional well-being, by researchers at MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit, University of Glasgow.


9.15 Registration and coffee

9.45 Welcome from Chair

Sam Pringle, Fathers Network Scotland

9.50 New findings from the Growing Up in Scotland - Father-child relationships and child wellbeing

Dr. Alison Parkes, University of Glasgow

10.15 The Dad Dividend - Why Dad's Matter 

Adrienne Burgess, Fatherhood Institute

11.00 Coffee break

11.20 Table discussions

12.00 What next for research?

Line Knudsen, ScotCen

12.15 What next for policy?

Joe Griffin, Deputy Director, Children and Families Directorate, Scottish Government

12.25 Final remarks from Chair

12.30 Close


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celebrating david drysdale

Friday, 05 May 2017 at 06:30 PM · 7 rsvps
The Melting Pot in Edinburgh, United Kingdom

David’s acclaimed work at Fathers Network Scotland was complemented and energised by his involvement in another progressive charitable organisation which seeks to support men to their full potential: the Mankind Project ( On Friday 5th May, at The Melting Pot in Edinburgh, at 6.30pm, David’s son Manow (aged 10) will accept Mankind Project International’s highest award on behalf of his father, for “for excellence in service to his mission”.  

We’d love you to join us, along with David’s family, friends from MKP Scotland, and partners, children and friends, to witness the presentation; learn a little more about David’s mission in both Fathers Network Scotland & MKP; hear the experiences of some of the men who have recently completed MKP’s signature weekend “rite of passage”; and to share a buffet supper with us if you have time.  

There is no charge for the evening, but would be delighted if you could RSVP so that the organisers can get numbers for catering.

How Employers Can #DadUp

Wednesday, 21 June 2017 at 09:00 AM
Head Office in Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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Research tell us diversity is good for business, but gender equality in the work place still needs more focus, particularly when it come to working dads.

This event, sponsored & hosted by Lloyds Banking Group, will provide a chance to learn how to create a culture where both fathers and mothers can take leave and use family-friendly policies.

This will kick-start Fathers Network Scotland's campaign to enable employers to "Dad Up" by supporting dads to take leave and work flexibly. 

With leading research from University of Manchester, Lancaster University, and University of Plymouth attendees will be able to: 

  • Learn what practices support dads at work, so that they can be more involved at home
  • Access evidence based resources from Working Families to support the use of Shared Parental Leave
  • Understand how employees can support their careers and families despite workplace gender biases

This event is targeted at:

HR, Diversity & Inclusion leads and academics with an interest in gender equality, business & social policy. 
9am registration with a 9.30am start
Welcome and Introduction - Sam Pringle (Fathers Network Scotland) 
Razi Ahmed - Supporting our Communities - Divisional Lead Inclusion & Diversity (lloyds Banking Group)
  • Helen Norman (University of Manchester) - how workplaces and work-family policy influence dads' involvement at home
  • Ben Kerrane (Lancaster University School of Management) - how to support employees taking shared parental leave
  • Jasmine Kelland (University of Plymouth) - Fatherhood Forfeits - part-time working for fathers 
  • Martin Doyle (lloyds Banking Group Family Matters Network) - The reality of being a working dad 

There will be an opportunity for audience discussion and networking. 

Finish at 12.30pm 

To register your interest please RSVP below. Due to security you will not gain entrance to The Mound without registering for this event. Registration will close Friday 17th June 2017. 

Speakers additional information

Dr Helen Norman is a Research Fellow in Sociology at the University of Manchester. Her research interests focus on fathers and fatherhood, the gendered division of labour and gender inequalities in work and family life. Helen will be sharing the early findings from her project exploring what makes fathers involved in their children’s care. The project looks at how employment characteristics (e.g. hours, schedules) enable or hinder a father’s involvement in childcare, and whether the way that parents organise their work and childcare arrangements in the first year of the child’s life influence paternal involvement as the child grows older. In her talk, Helen also considers how effective work-family policies in the UK – such as Shared Parental Leave, flexible working and childcare services - have been in helping fathers (and mothers) to strike a satisfactory balance between work and care.

Dr Ben Kerrane is Senior Lecturer at Lancaster University Management School. His research interests revolve around family life, and he has undertaken research (with Dr Emma Banister, Alliance Manchester Business School) on the introduction of Shared Parental Leave (SPL) in the UK. Drawing on in-depth interviews with a series of fathers who have taken Shared Parental Leave, this presentation will focus on the lived experiences of SPL parents, their motivations for taking SPL and the barriers they encountered in utilising SPL. Advice will be offered to employers in terms of the practical things organisations can do – as advocated by SPL parents themselves - to help support those who wish to apply for SPL.

Jasmine Kelland is presenting the findings of her PhD at Plymouth University which explores the impact of gender role stereotyping of parents in the workplace.The findings point to the existence of a 'Fatherhood Forfeit"  for fathers who behave in a way that is not congruent with more traditional parental gender role stereotypes by wanting to work fewer hours to facilitate active involvement in family life. Support for the existing literature - which purports the existence of a "Motherhood Penalty” for mothers who act contrary to such parental gender role stereotypes by working full time - has also been found in the initial analysis.


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Ask Dad Launch

Wednesday, 28 June 2017 at 10:30 AM
Royal Society of Edinburgh in Edinburgh, , United Kingdom

Ask_Dad_and_ff1.pngPlease join Fast Forward on the 28 June, 10:30-13:30 , at The Royal Society of Edinburgh for the launch of the new 'Ask Dad' Project.

Research suggests that dads are often the first contact for young people with questions on risk-taking behaviour. Yet studies also tell us that most dads lack the confidence, knowledge and information that would allow them to properly address the health queries of their children. In addition, dads can be perceived as poor role models when it comes to their own risk taking behaviour.

Fast Forward are currently developing FREE ‘Ask Dad’ customised workshops and educational sessions that will help dads respond to their children’s queries, and understand how their own risk taking behaviour may influence their children.

Fast Forward is an established and well-respected organisation that exists to give young people the skills, education and support to live healthier lives. The organisation works with young people and practitioners across Scotland to support them to understand the facts about health and wellbeing, alcohol, gambling, substance misuse, smoking, mental health and online safety. The Ask Dad Project will work with dads to improve their knowledge of these issues so that they can talk to their children with more confidence and give sound information and advice. To find out more HERE.

The event will provide an opportunity to:

  • Find out more about the project and how you can access this FREE training
  • Find out how to get involved with shaping the training packages so they are relevant to dads
  • Meet other people from across Scotland who are working with dads


  • 10:30 - Registration and refreshments
  • 10:45 - Welcome and introduction to Ask Dad
  • 11:00 - Guest speaker (TBC)
  • 11:30 - Group discussions/ creative information gathering on risk taking behaviour training that dads need
  • 12:15 - Groups feed back
  • 12:30 - Closing remarks
  • 12:40 - Networking lunch
  • 13:15 - Close


Dads in Adversity

Monday, 07 August 2017 at 07:30 PM
Quaker Meeting House in Edinburgh, United Kingdom

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7 Aug | 19:30-21:00 | £5                      

Quaker Meeting House, 7 Victoria Terrace, EH1 2JL

Panel: Sam Pringle (Fathers Network Scotland CEO) / Chair, Dave Devenney (Fathers Network Scotland), Steve Small (Strange Town Theatre Company) 

In 2016 a conversation in a Wester Hailes dads'  group highlighted some of the significant challenges around social justice, parental access, and employment  faced by young dads. This became the start of a story about 'Being a Dad' in modern Scotland.

In August 2016, as part of the Festival Fringe, Fathers Network Scotland in partnership with Strange Town Theatre Company and Just Festival decided to tell the story of these dads who, despite culture which often judges them to be ' Bad Dads', are motivated to be the best dad they can. The play was a sell out and garnered impressive reviews and plaudits from the public, prison authorities and families groups across Scotland. 

This conversation will tell the story of how the play came into being, its continuing impact and the changing role of fathers in Scotland today




How Father Friendly is Your School?

Thursday, 21 September 2017 at 01:15 PM
SEC Glasgow in Glasgow , United Kingdom

slf-logo-2017-no-website.jpgResearch overwhelmingly shows that dads (and other father figures) involvement in school has a positive effect on children’s educational attainment and wellbeing, yet often the level of engagement with dads is poor.

To address this lack of engagement Chris Wilson and Alison Cameron from Prestonpans Primary School, developed a toolkit aimed at teachers to help schools become more dad-friendly. Since March Alison has been leading the trial of this pioneering dad-inclusive toolkit in five primary schools across East Lothian. To understand the impact Gitit Kadar-Satat Researcher and Tutor at The University of Edinburgh has been carrying out a detailed study, interviewing and surveying teachers, children and of course dads.

As part of the Scottish Learning Festival 2017 on Thur 22 September 3:15 Gitit Kadar-Satat, will showcase the toolkits for teachers and present findings from the study in a Seminar entitled '(Seminar Code D1H).

you may also be interested in a seminar presented by one of our partners The Community Learning and Home School Partnership Service  who have carried out a similar project in South Lanarkshire. Gail McKillop will be presenting 'Promoting Roles of Father Figures (PROFF) group – Calderside Academy and St John Ogilvie Learning Communities, South Lanarkshire which is taking place on the same day at 10:45 (seminar Code D1F).


SLF is completely FREE for everyone to attend and contributes towards your career long professional learning. To book your place, browse the conference programme, note the seminars you want to attend and visit the Education Scotland website HERE, for booking information. Remember to book early to guarantee a place at the sessions of your choice.


Community Dads

Friday, 06 October 2017 at 11:00 AM
Robertson House in Glasgow , United Kingdom


Are you part of a community of supportive dads? or would you like to be be? Would you like to brush up your skills for supporting your children

Parent Network Scotland's FREE Accredited Training Programme for Community Dads could be just for you. They are running a taster Session on 6 October from 11:00-12:30 in Glasgow.

Being a parent can be very rewarding. It can also be difficult and fraught with anxiety at times. Yet, as the result of a deep-seated belief that it is “all instinctive”, most of us are expected just to get on with the job without any support or training. Maybe, once upon a time, it was all instinct, but in today’s complex and changing world, parents need a broad range of qualities and skills to be caring and effective and to cope with the many challenges of bringing up children. We need to be able to use our hearts and our heads.

Parent Network Scotland's Parenting Matters course is intended to help all parents (however this course is specifically aimed at dads and male carers), whatever the age of the children in their care, whatever their culture, background or beliefs about parenting.

Through the Parenting4All programme, Parent Network Scotland will help and support participants in:

  • Getting involved in their own community project
  • Gaining more skills in their chosen voluntary work Building confidence when facilitating or supporting other parents
    • Linking needs, feelings and behaviours when working with others and our children
    • Recognising and accepting the emotional content and context when working with other parents/groups
    • Involving parents and families in leadership, decision-making and change through learning


Parenting Matters – Accredited by Glasgow Kelvin College

Parenting for All training – Accredited by Social Enterprise Academy

To find out more or book a place Contact Lorna at Parent Network Scotland t:0141 3535 604

Fathers Network Scotland AGM

Tuesday, 31 October 2017 at 12:00 PM
PleaFNS_AGM_logo.pngse join us for Fathers Network Scotland's AGM on Tue 31st October in Moray HouseEdinburgh.
The AGM will be an opportunity not only to reflect on the past year and the legacy of Year of the Dad but also share ideas on our new Dad Up Campaign.
We have lined up some inspiring speakers to share their experiences and views, and this year there will be a particular focus on how to support dads involvement in schools. 


Registration, networking & buffet lunch 


Welcome from FNS Introduction to Moray House with Prof Lyn Tett Director of Community Learning 


Creating a father friendly school 

Alison Cameron - Head Teacher Prestonpans Infant School & Dr Ania Byerly - Senior Teaching Fellow in Childhood Studies at Moray House School of Education, University of Edinburgh.


Promoting Roles of Father Figures (PROFF) group

Gail McKillop & Rob Milligan, Community Learning and Home School Partnership Service in Lanarkshire 





What children want from fathers 

 Dr Gary Clapton Senior Lecturer University of Edinburgh, Jessica Moran PhD Social Researcher University of Glasgow


What next for Fathers Network Scotland - an over view of Dads at a Distance launch & our planned ongoing programme of work


Afternoon tea & networking for stakeholders 



Please Note : Current & potential new Board members meeting will meet at 11:30am - 12noon  

New Dads Workshop 2 of 3

Wednesday, 28 February 2018 at 09:30 AM
St Andrews House in Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Outline agenda for session 2

  • Child attachment theory
  • Relationship skills- active listening
  • Discussion on workplace paternity policies
  • Second session on HR policies

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Thursday, 04 October 2018 at 09:30 AM
The Studio in Edinburgh , United Kingdom



This full day event on the 4th October at the Crags Studio in Edinburgh will be split into three parts. 

In the morning Nicola Swan from Evaluation Support Scotland will be returning to facilitate a follow on session focusing on:

  • analysing the information collected to show how you have achieved your project outcomes
  • Report on the achievements of project outcomes to funders and stakeholders
  • Learn from analysis to improve project delivery

At the end of this session we will be joined by Tom Baughan from Cattanach who is temporarily taking over from Rachel Campbell. He will explain the type of information Cattanach would like included in their report. You will then get a chance to chat to Tom (and Rhona) more infomally over lunch. 

In the afternoon we will be joined by Joyce Linklater Manager of Lothians Crossreach Perinatal Services who will talk about dads mental health particularly during the perinatal period. The group will then have the opportunity ask questions and discuss their experiences of managing dads mental health issues.

To round up the day you will have a chance to reflect on any challenges that you face with your dads work and use the group to find solutions.




09.30     Coffee and registration

10.00     Introductions & icebreaker
10.15     Outcomes and indicators reminder
10.30     Reminder on choosing methods
10.45     Analysing your evidence

11.30    Coffee break
11.45     Analysing your evidence feedback
12.00     Good practice in reporting (including case studies and photos)
12.15     Challenges and changes
12.30     Cattanach: our expectations for reporting - Tom Baughan
12.55     Feedback and next steps

13.00     Lunch

14.00     Dads Mental Health during the perinatal Period - Joyce Linklater
14.30     Supporting dads with mental health issues discussion

15.00    Coffee break
15.10     Action Learning Set - Challenges you face in your practice
15.50     Round up & final questions

16.00    Close