for children, for families
mental health and wellbeing
at home and at work
SCOTLAND'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
In 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
This 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.
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.
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.
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.
Our 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.
This is a report of the key findings and recommendations following a research project exploring how working fathers in Scotland balance their work and family life. (A summary pdf document is available here or full report here.)
Gary Clapton has a look at the evidence around why dads are important in the lives of their children.
"Father-Proofing Your Work" - A consensus is emerging that we now need to move from having to prove the value of fathers to designing services that include rather than exclude them, thus the use of the term ‘father-proofing’.
Fathers Network Scotland turns 10 this year, so we’ve put together 10 fundraising ideas for the whole family in celebration of our tenth birthday. We’d love you to join our amazing supporters in the celebrations, raise funds and help us to help more families across Scotland!
We are offering online training, a dads' WhatsApp group, a free SMS support service for new parents, a Facebook group and DADx series of talks for dads' and families' workers, along with our directory and sign posting services. We have also developed a new resource for perinatal health professionals to support new dads through lockdown.
Each year Fathers Network Scotland asks families in Scotland about how they're doing. During 2020 we have been living through...
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