Our work at FNS

We work with a wide range of organisations to help them support dads. You might be a service provider striving to be more father-friendly and inclusive, an employer exploring family-friendly working practices, or a policy-maker seeking consultation on parenting practices for dads as well as mums. In all cases, we help find the win-win.

We offer a range of services including training, consultancy, events, research and media work. We’ve co-produced manuals for dads-to-be, given evidence to the equal opportunities committee of the Scottish Parliament, and in 2016 we organised Year of the Dad – a nationwide celebration of fatherhood and the importance of fathers in child development and parenting. Help yourself to our resources, information and support and FNS research, or browse the FNS Directory and events listings.

We are currently focused on our How Are You Dad? pilot project, through which we work with perinatal health professionals to highlight the incidence of postnatal depression in new dads. In addition, we're working with schools and employers to promote the message that it's of vital importance for dads to be involved in their children's lives and that they should be supported to do so.

Our friends and partners are as crucial in this endeavour as they have been from the very beginning of our organisational life. Inclusivity is key. We support mums as well as all dads (step-dads, gay dads, adoptive dads, kinship dads and of course grandads!) and prefer to focus less on fathers’ “rights” and more on children’s needs.

Together we believe that by welcoming and actively encouraging fathers to play their nurturing role, we are unlocking a vital asset in the health and wellbeing of our families, our communities and our society as a whole.

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