Building a father-friendly world

Research

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 how fathers balance working life with their desire to be involved dads – and how employers and families can help them do so with reduced stress and increased well being, so that everyone benefits.

We’ve made our own studies available here for download, along with links to some of the best 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.

Employee Workshops - increasing well-being & engagement for new dads

FATHERS NETWORK SCOTLAND & UNIVERSITY OF EDINBURGH

In 2015, Fathers Network Scotland commissioned a research project in collaboration with the University of Edinburgh section of Clinical Psychology to develop and deliver a pilot series of evidence-based workshops to support first time fathers in the workplace.

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SPTC Survey - Engaging Male Parents and Carers 2016

Scottish Parent Teacher Council 

Parents' Voice is the online survey group of the Scottish Parent Teacher Council (SPTC) comprising more than 1000 parents who receive occasional online surveys on topics relating to education and schooling. In this survey, as part of Year of the Dad, we asked how your school or parent group engages male parents and carers, how this could be improved and what benefits it could bring. 

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Here's Dad

DR GARY CLAPTON, FATHERS NETWORK SCOTLAND

In late 2015, Fathers Network Scotland set out to establish and publish the first comprehensive picture of resources for dads in Scotland, with the assistance of Scottish Government researcher, Robert Little. The results, from canvassing children and family services in the local government, health and third sector are cause for celebration, showing a more than 80 services, now collected here for the first time. 

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Where's Dad Too?

DR GARY CLAPTON, FATHERS NETWORK SCOTLAND

More than three years after the publication of the ground-breaking paper Where's Dad?, this new and revised edition includes examples of success in the campaign to get dad in the picture, along with a renewed clarion call for more father-inclusive publicity, policy, education and practice in Scottish children and family services including the Scottish government, local councils, the health services and the third sector. 

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Fathers In The Early Years

Dr Gitit Kadar-Satat & Dr Alison Koslowski, University of Edinburgh

This is a report of the key findings and recommendations following a research project exploring how working fathers in Scotland balance their work and family life. (A summary pdf document is available here.) 

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Dad Matters

Dr Gary Clapton, Fathers Network Scotland

Gary Clapton has a look at the evidence around why dads are important in the lives of their children.

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Where's Dad?

Dr Gary Clapton, Fathers Network Scotland

"Father-Proofing Your Work" - A consensus is emerging that we now need to move from having to prove the value of fathers to designing services that include rather than exclude them, thus the use of the term ‘father-proofing’.

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Scottish Fathers and the Labour Market

Stephen Overell, Working Families / Fathers Network Scotland

What evidence exists suggests Scotland has been slow to adopt flexible working.

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Working Better With Fathers

Andrew Gardiner, Fathers Network Scotland

The Scottish Government supported Fathers Network Scotland to gather the views and experiences of agencies and individuals delivering children and family services to initiate a dialogue around the needs of fathers and their families.

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