Here at Fathers Network Scotland we take evidence very seriously, commissioning research on father-friendly employment and parenting policy with institutions such as the University of Edinburgh.
We are keen to understand the ever-changing face of modern fatherhood, the challenges of being an involved dad – and how employers, services and families can help.
We’ve made our own studies available here for download, along with links to some interesting research and articles from across this important field. If you want to submit or suggest research to be featured on this page, please contact Fathers Network Scotland.
Jessica Moran and Alison Koslowski, University of Edinburgh
Exploring how employers can support fathers with combining employment and caregiving,
Read as published in Community, Work & Family
Public perceptions of fathers and fatherhood are shifting. The introduction of new family policies by the UK government mirrors these changes, in recognition of a broadening role of UK fathers beyond that of mainly financial provider to also encompass the role of active caregiver. However, overall progress toward more gender equality in parenting has been stalled in part by the lack of a movement to reshape men's work and family life.Read more >>
Alison Koslowski, University of Edinburgh, Harvard Business Review Jun 2018
In this article in the Harvard Business Review, drawing on research part-funded by Fathers Network Scotland, our partners at the University of Edinburgh survey reasons for slow uptake of flexible working options by fathers in Scotland.Read more >>
Fathers Network Scotland & the Fatherhood Institute
The NHS in Scotland is failing to provide the ‘family-centred’ antenatal, maternity or health visitor services required by its own rules and desired by parents, on the evidence of "How was it for you?", a survey of 564 new fathers in Scotland.Read more >>
Alison Koslowski and Gitit Kadar-Satat, University of Edinburgh
Explaining the gaps between entitlement to leave policies and uptake
Read as published in Community, Work & Family
Why are fathers in Scotland unlikely to use the full range of leave benefits available to them? Taking a capabilities approach allows us to explore the perspective that some fathers may experience an agency gap and thus not have the capabilities to utilise entitlements.Read more >>
BRYNJA RÚN BENEDIKSDÓTTIR, UNIVERSITY OF EDINBURGH BS, FNS & FFWS
Cultural effects on the uptake of family-friendly policies by fathers in SMEs.
This research set out to understand how the culture of SMEs (small private organisations with between 50-250 employees) in Scotland impacts on the utilisation of family-friendly policies and what can be done to eliminate any barriers so that more organisations and families can benefit.Read more >>
PRESTONPANS INFANT SCHOOL, DADSWORK, UNIVERSITY OF EDINBURGH, FATHERS NETWORK SCOTLAND
The East Lothian Father-Friendly Schools (ELFFS) project was a pilot study that took place between January and June 2017.
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It was designed and delivered by Prestonpans Infant School with support from DadsWork and Fathers Network Scotland. The University of Edinburgh delivered the research.Read more >>
University of Manchester, Lancaster University School of Management, University of Plymouth
Research tells us diversity is good for business, but gender equality in the work place still needs more focus, particularly when it come to working dads.
On June 21 2017, FNS held an event, sponsored & hosted by Lloyds Banking Group, which offered a host of perspectives on How Employers Can #DadUp. The event provided a chance to learn how to create a culture where both fathers and mothers can take leave and use family-friendly policies.Read more >>
FATHERS NETWORK SCOTLAND
SCOTLAND'S dads want an equal responsibility in caring for their children and are increasingly sharing roles once stereotyped as women’s work, according to Fathers Network Scotland’s Dads Survey, published in the run-up to Father's Day 2017.
WOMEN & EQUALITIES COMMITTEE OF UK PARLIAMENT
In early 2017, the Women and Equalities Committee of the UK Parliament launched an inquiry as new research revealed that many fathers do not feel supported in the workplace to care for their children.
Fathers Network Scotland was one of a number of organisations and individuals submitting written evidence to shine a light on fathers' experience of balancing work and caring responsibilities. We reported on Scottish fathers' experiences, and suggested several key measures which would improve uptake of shared parental leave and increase gender equality at home and at work.Read more >>
GROWING UP IN SCOTLAND & FATHERS NETWORK SCOTLAND
This Growing Up in Scotland (GUS) study of father-child relationships aims to promote greater understanding of the role of fathers, and factors that strengthen father-child relationships.
The study was commissioned by the Scottish Government in collaboration with Fathers Network Scotland as part of the Year of the Dad 2016. The study considers several important issues for policy makers and practitioners involved with family influences on children’s socio-emotional wellbeing.Read more >>