The Difference A Dad Makes

2 January 2008

In The Difference A Dad Makes (published January 2008), the Fatherhood Institute calls for six goals for policymakers as a first step to enabling greater positive involvement of dads:

• Shake up the parental leave system so fathers can spend more time with kids under two years-old
• 25,000 more dads per year to sign their child’s birth certificate, to reach international standards and halve the number of those who don’t
• Dads able to stay overnight in hospital with their partner when their baby is born
• Modern and relevant antenatal education for both parents
• Dads reading with their children in all primary schools
• Family professionals – midwives, teachers, health visitors, nursery workers, social workers – confidently engaging with dads as well as mums, and supporting all family types.

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The Difference A Dad Makes

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