Resources for families

NHS_dad_research.jpgHere are some great resources for dads and families to help you at work and at home.

A great dad can make all the difference to children’s well being, confidence and educational attainment. Research overwhelmingly shows that children, families and society as a whole benefits from the positive involvement of fathers or “The Dad Effect”. 

We believe we’re at a tipping point. Over the past 50 years we have seen striking cultural changes from a time when many dads weren’t even at their children’s births, to the present-day reality where 98% are at the birth and millions of father figures are fully involved in a nurturing / caring role. The old stereotype of the male breadwinner and disciplinarian no longer serves us in an age of increasing diversity and equality at home, work and throughout society.

Who benefits from a dad's involvement?

  • Dads: Who overwhelmingly want more involvement in the lives of their children.
  • Children: Research overwhelmingly shows that children are more likely to be smarter, healthier and happier if their dads are positively involved.
  • Women: Who rightly expect a good dad to be involved in birth plans, child care and decision-making about children.

Dad-Friendly Directory

Looking for a group or service in your area which welcomes dads? Do you or your family need help, support on education, health, relationships or legal issues? You’ll find help with all of this and more in our directory and interactive map.


Why dads matter

Why dads matter before during and after birth
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Why dads matter in early Years
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Why dads matter to school-age children
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The biggest myths about dads
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Dads at work

Daddy’s Home – A life Planner for Fathers
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Taking time off with your baby
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Negotiating your work life balance
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acas guide to shared parental leave and pay
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Supporting your child

Making time for your kids 
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Supporting your child’s Health 
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Dads Read – 7 Great Tips for reading to your child
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Supporting your child’s Education: five top tips
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Here’s Dad (Review of Father Inclusive Service, resource and support)

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  • The New Father: A Dad's Guide to the First Year - Armin Brott
  • The Guy's Guide to Surviving Pregnancy, Childbirth, and the First Year of Fatherhood - Michael Crider
  • The Complete Secrets of Happy Children: A Guide for Parents - Steve Biddulph
  • Raising Boys - Steve Biddulph
  • Manhood - Steve Biddulph
  • How to Talk So Kids Will Listen and Listen So Kids Will Talk - Adele Faber; Elaine Mazlish
  • Fatherhood: The Truth - Marcus Berkmann