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Join our board!

familycrophr.jpgDo you want to help inspire and create a truly father-friendly world?

We are looking for volunteer non-Executive Directors to ensure future sustainability, bring strategic leadership and support our growth as an organisation.

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JOB VACANCY: could you be our fundraiser?

family_webres.pngWe're hiring again! Thanks to continued growth and success, Fathers Network Scotland is looking to recruit a talented Fundraising Manager to join our team. Could that be you?

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Digital Dads: changing roles for modern times

shutterstock-dadmumkidworking.jpgTechnology has changed the world in the last few decades - so how do dads best encourage and protect their children in the online environment? Guest blogger HAN-SON LEE of DaddiLife offers some tips. 

The digital age has ushered in a host of changes across our lives; some for the better, and some arguably for the worse.

While many of us have become wrapped up in smart technology and the ability to access our favourite social media posts while out and about, we also need to consider how this transformation is impacting our role as fathers.

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Time to Focus on Dads' Mental Health

FNS_F_Day_survey_resultFacebook_Shared_Image_survey_results_copy.pngOn International Fathers' Mental Health Day, FNS hears from dads who have suffered postnatal depression - and turns the spotlight on a relatively common condition that still carries a stigma.

Dave Macleod was determined to be a rock of support for his wife during their pregnancy and the birth of their daughter. What the Scots dad hadn’t considered was where he himself would find support when the strain of caring began to tell.

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Is it Father's Day 1958?

1950sfamily.jpgThe UK government has missed a huge opportunity to promote gender equality and support dads as carers at the heart of family life, says SAM SMETHERS, Chief Executive of the Fawcett Society. This Father's Day we'll need to push harder if we want shared parenting for our children.

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Survey results: Maternity services sidelining dads

FNS_survey_18_infograph_lr.pngThe NHS is failing Scotland’s new mums & babies by sidelining dads, according to evidence from our survey of new fathers.

More than 560 of you in Scotland, and 1800 across the UK, responded to the survey of new dads' experience of antenatal, birth or health visitor services - and the results indicate that the NHS is failing to provide the ‘family-centred’ services required by its own rules* and desired by parents.

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Take our New Dads Survey for 2018!

Dads_Survey_2018Facebook_Shared_Image.pngHave you become a father in the last 5 years?

How was your experience of going to antenatal appointments or scans, or being at the birth of your child?

Please take 10 minutes to fill in this important survey - which we’re issuing with our friends at the Fatherhood Institute.

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Calling Self-Employed Rural Dads!

Rural_DadsFacebook_Shared_Image.pngAre you a self-employed dad living in rural Scotland?

If so, we’d love to hear about your experiences of balancing work and family, for an innovative new research project we’re facilitating in partnership with the University of Edinburgh Business School.

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Being a Dad in Prison Pulls No Punches


As the hard-hitting play Being a Dad sees its 15th performance in East Lothian tonight, DAVE DEVENNEY looks back over the past year at its highly-acclaimed prisons tour.

BEING a Dad is a drama reflecting the authentic lived experiences, hopes, fears and challenges faced by many fathers, including offender and disadvantaged young fathers in Scotland today.

So it’s appropriate that it’s 15th performance tonight also celebrates the 15th anniversary of DadsWork, a much-loved East Lothian community project providing support groups, positive parenting classes, workshops on the role of fathers, home visits, trips and outings for fathers and their children.

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Closing the Gender Care Gap

Sam_Pringle_new.jpgAs an influential Commons committee recommends wide-ranging changes to working culture for dads, FNS director SAMANTHA PRINGLE shares the personal cost of leaving things as they are.

RECENTLY I was asked to give a talk about what dads can do to create a more equal and fair society, as part of an International Women’s Day event.

This issue is at the heart of why Fathers Network Scotland exists, why I personally joined the board five years ago and subsequently stepped up to lead the organisation. I want a society where mums and dads share house work and the care of their children – the utopia of a happy home!

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