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Dads Survey - Have your Say


Calling All dads! We want to hear about your experiences of fatherhood! 

So we’re asking dads and father figures to tell us about their lives through our annual survey. We need as much Scottish data as we can to push for change in all the right places: the more respondents, the more compelling the results.

So please get involved HERE and share it with your workplace, networks and any other dads you know, and get your voices heard.

We will be closing the survey on Friday 26 May and We’ll share the results in time for Father’s Day.


Interviewees needed on fatherhood at work

We need you! If you're based in Scotland and would be willing to talk about how family-friendly your workplace is, our research associates would love to hear about your experiences. 

One of our key aims is to encourage employers to think about what dads need at work.

With that in mind we currently have two projects with the University of Edinburgh Business School and Manchester Metropolitan University – and need your help with this research.

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We need more male childminders!

Male_childminder_Tom_crop.JPGMen are desperately needed in Scotland's childcare workforce. In Childminding Week 2017, TOM MATHIESON shares the joys and frustrations of being a male childminder in a female-dominated sector.

WHAT conclusions do our children draw about men when those who look after them outside the family are almost exclusively female? 

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David Drysdale Memorial Award Announced

HaveyTilley-SamPringle-DougalDrysdale.jpgThe Independent Living Fund Scotland today became the first recipient of the David Drysdale Memorial Award for best emloyer for all stages offatherhood at the Scottish Top Employers for Working Families Awards. NICK THORPE reports from a poignant ceremony at Glasgow’s Lighthouse.

IT was a moment of unusual emotion in a ceremony that has become an annual fixture on the Scottish business calendar: the inaugural David Drysdale Memorial award presented by David’s own father, to a company embodying the dad-friendly practice he championed until his death last year.  

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Year of the Dad debated at Westminster

Neil Gray & David LammyThere was rare cross-party consensus in Westminster yesterday over the importance of fathers, as several MPs called for a UK-wide Year of the Dad following Scotland's example. Here in full is the opening speech by NEIL GRAY, MP for Airdrie and Shotts, who brought the subject to Westminster Hall for debate. 

Watch the full debate here (starts 16.30). Read full transcript in Hansard here.

One of my proudest moments, not only as a father, but as a parliamentarian, was taking my young daughter and son through the voting Lobby with me on Friday to see the Bill introduced by my hon. Friend the Member for Banff and Buchan (Dr Whiteford) pass its final stages in the Commons. 

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Cattanach Trust Dads' Fund Launch

Cattanachsession.jpgThursday 2 February saw the official launch of the Cattanach Trust Dads’ Fund which was developed in recognition of Year of the Dad. 

We are delighted to be working with 10 organisations funded by Cattanach, and we will be supporting the fund-holders as they establish their projects, helping to share best practice and shine a light on the great work they’re doing.

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FNS Seeking Board Members


Do you want to help build a father-friendly Scotland?

Fathers Network Scotland (FNS) is seeking to appoint further members to our non-Executive Board as we take this dynamic organisation to the next stage of its development. 

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Dads wanted for research

NHS_dad_research.jpgWant to see dads more accurately represented in TV advertising? Got a child under four? Why not take part in some new research? SHANNEN DERWIN explains...

I am a 4th Year, Social Science Student at Edinburgh Napier University. I am currently undertaking a research study looking into advertising of baby products and the relationship this has (if any) with the way that fathers experience fatherhood and parenting of young children.

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Year of the Dad - thank you & let's keep going!

YOTDreviewfrontpage.jpgIt was 12 months of celebration, collaboration and change for families and organisations across Scotland. In the wake of Year of the Dad, NICK THORPE looks at what we’ve all achieved – and what we might hope for in 2017 and beyond.

WHAT was your best Year of the Dad moment?

My personal favourite was watching school children proudly premiere their own Song for Dad at the Edinburgh Zoo launch, applauded by hundreds of guests from organisations and families across Scotland. It set the tone for the year, and showed that celebrating the difference a great dad can make is ultimately about improving our children’s lives.

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Stub it Out

Smoking_in_cars_photolr.jpgAfter 5th December 2016, it is illegal in Scotland to smoke in the car with children. DAVID ROBERTSON of Ash Scotland offers support to help dads and others to stub out the habit for good as the new law takes effect.

CHANGE is in the air to protect our kids from the harm caused by second-hand smoke.  Since 2006 when indoor public places became smoke-free there has been much better awareness of the harm caused by other people’s tobacco smoke. Now most smokers do so outside the home, and avoid smoking in the car with passengers. 

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