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 was it for you? Dads & Scottish maternity services

Fathers Network Scotland & the Fatherhood Institute

FNS_survey_18_infograph_lr.pngSurvey: How well do Scottish maternity services support dads?

Read the Scottish survey results or infographic or UK-wide results 

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. 

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Fathers at Work

Alison Koslowski and Gitit Kadar-Satat, University of Edinburgh

Community__Work___Family.pngExplaining 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. 

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Perception is Reality - Dads in SMEs

BRYNJA RÚN BENEDIKSDÓTTIR, UNIVERSITY OF EDINBURGH BS, FNS & FFWS

Cover.pngCultural effects on the uptake of family-friendly policies by fathers in SMEs.

Read the summary pdf document or full dissertation

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. 

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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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