Fatherhood and Conservative family policy: a report from our summit
Men and women increasingly aspire to sharing parenting responsibilities but the professional groups dealing with families from conception through infancy tend to bypass fathers, focussing on mothers and children as their client groups, and dealing with only a limited number of the issues which all new fathers and mothers face, and which often preoccupy them.
In order to address this deficit in service provision, and to meet the aspirations of new fathers and mothers, the Fatherhood Institute convened a consortium of family organisations, representatives of health professionals, and commissioners and providers of children’s services. Together we discussed with a key policy adviser to the Conservatives, on 4 November 2009, the challenges in matching professional support for young families with the needs of today’s families.
In the Related Documents section below you can download FI Meeting with Conservatives Family Team – a detailed report on the discussions at this event; and Key Points from FI Meeting with Conservatives – a bullet-pointed summary.African-Caribbean fathers, Disability, Domestic violence, Donate, Drugs and alcohol, Early years, For employers, For fathers, Imprisoned fathers, International, Maternity, Muslim fathers, Parenting education, Schools, Separated families, Vulnerable families, Young fathers