Major fatherhood conference in Scotland

Published: 4 March 2007

Practitioners struggling to get to grips with the Gender Equality Duty may benefit from a forthcoming conference organised by Children in Scotland in association with Fathers Direct and the Equal Opportunities Commission.

The UK-wide Fathers’ Footsteps conference to be held on 11 June at the Edinburgh Marriott will focus on the implications for children and fathers of the forthcoming Gender Equality Duty (which comes into force on April 6 with a requirement for organisations covered by the legislation to have produced Gender Equality Schemes by 29th June).

Fathers Direct chief executive Duncan Fisher will be speaking at the event, along with Rowena Arshad of the Equal Opportunities Commission, and Anne Fine, author of ‘Madame Doubtfire’ on which the film ‘Mrs Doubtfire’ was based.

Other contributors include two people who’ve worked in the field and written books on the subject – Karen Woodall(author of See both sides: A practical guide to gender analysis for quality service delivery) and Barry Knight (A Question of Balance: Including Fathers in Services). In the afternoon there will be four parallel sessions covering the sectors of ‘Health’, ‘Early Years’, ‘Education’, and ‘Vulnerable Children’.

For further details email Stephen Harvey, telephone 0131 228 8484 or download information from the Children in Scotland website

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