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 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.

How Dad-Friendly is Our School?

PRESTONPANS INFANT SCHOOL, DADSWORK, UNIVERSITY OF EDINBURGH, FATHERS NETWORK SCOTLAND

2017-09-19_(8).jpgThe East Lothian Father-Friendly Schools (ELFFS) project was a pilot study that took place between January and June 2017. 

Read the summary briefing or full report or Father Inclusion Guide for schools

Watch our dad-friendly video tips on YouTube

It was designed and delivered by Prestonpans Infant School with support from DadsWork and Fathers Network Scotland. The University of Edinburgh delivered the research.

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How Employers Can #DadUp

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.

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FNS Dads Survey 2017

FATHERS NETWORK SCOTLAND

Childcare.jpgSCOTLAND'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. 

Read our blog on the survey

Download the detailed analysis

Fathers in the Workplace Inquiry

WOMEN & EQUALITIES COMMITTEE OF UK PARLIAMENT

Women_Equalities.jpgIn 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 THE FULL FNS SUBMISSION

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Father-Child Relationships & Children’s Wellbeing

GROWING UP IN SCOTLAND & FATHERS NETWORK SCOTLAND

GUSdadsbriefing17.jpgThis 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. 

Read the Summary Briefing or Full Report

Watch Dr Alison Parkes' summary of the report on YouTube

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.

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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 Department of Clinical and Health 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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Year of the Dad Conference

FATHERS NETWORK SCOTLAND & PARTNERS

YOTDconfcover_Webres.jpgOur sell-out Year of the Dad Conference took place on Friday 12th February 2016 at the University of Edinburgh. You can catch up on sessions you missed, or refresh your memory, by clicking the text and audio links below. Or browse the full conference programme here.

As part of the first ever Year of the Dad in Scotland this conference aimed to create a day of reflection, dialogue and stimulation for academics, policy-makers and practitioners.

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