What We Do

We work with a wide range of organisations across Scotland to help them support dads. You might be:

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 organised the 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 Understanding Paternal Mental Health project, through which we work with perinatal health professionals to highlight the incidence of postnatal depression in new dads. We are still working digitally during the Covid-19 restrictions and you can find out about our current services here, which include our Dads' WhatsApp group, free SMS support service and Facebook group and DADx series of Zoom talks for professionals who work with dads and families.

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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More about What We Do:

The Summer Dadventure

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2020 Survey

Each year Fathers Network Scotland asks families in Scotland about how they're doing. During 2020 we have been living through interesting and often challenging times. Therefore this time, our anonymous survey has captured a snapshot of what life has been like for dads during lockdown.

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FNS Covid-19 Response

Fathers Network Scotland's work is continuing across Scotland as we respond to increased demand for our support. In response, our projects and team continue to use a variety of innovative methods to maintain contact with our network offering support and resources.

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Understanding Paternal Mental Health

We all want Scotland to be the best place for children to grow up. But while the evidence tells us just how important the role of a dad is to the life chances of any child, we now know that at least one in ten new dads suffer from post-natal depression, with up to 45% of dads affected by post-natal stress and anxiety.

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Understanding Dad

A half day workshop that aims to enable participants to consider the implications of their practice on the role of fatherhood.

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Being Me, Being a Dad

A two-part workshop by Fathers Network Scotland that examines who we are in the world, who we are to those who share our lives – and who we might become as a man and a dad.

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Father Friendly Schools

Father Friendly Schools - resources for educators

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Workplace Training

A series of three 3 hour evidence-based workshops for first time dads, developed to be delivered at monthly intervals in the workplace.

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Directory

Welcome to the FNS Directory of father-friendly groups and organisations in Scotland - connect with professionals and volunteer groups locally and nationally.

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Research

Father-friendly employment and parenting research in Scotland - Fathers Network Scotland insight and strategic perspective informs Scottish Government

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Events

Join us for events, activities and training around fatherhood in Scotland for fathers, their families and father-friendly organisations. Submit your own event.

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