Fatherhood Institute: response to Frank Field’s report Preventing Poor Children becoming Poor Adults

2 December 2010

In response to Frank Field’s report Preventing Poor Children becoming Poor Adults, Adrienne Burgess, Head of Research at the Fatherhood Institute, said:

“Parenting education around the time of the birth is currently in decline. It would great to see this decline reversed and really good parenting education given to both parents at this time. It appears however that only mothers will be assessed on their mental health and parenting capabilities. Today’s fathers play a huge role in raising children – even in low income families. 95% of mothers report that they are in a close relationship with the baby’s father at the time of the birth,  and only 3 out of a 1000 fathers are not told they are becoming dads. If the father is depressed, this can affect mother and baby – and if he’s not depressed, he can act as a crucial source of support for his partner and child.  So ensuring both parents are taken into account is absolutely essential.”


For more information or to speak to Adrienne Burgess, please contact Melissa Milner 020 7793 4035  or 07976 636 229

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  • Breda Theakston says:

    I agree! Thank you for putting this truth so positively. And to ensure its success it has to be provided locally and be available to all mums and dad’s (i.e. universally). Clinics and schools already exist to serve the whole population. Deepening understanding of the essential foundational role of relationships for good outcomes in all areas of life need not be that difficult to start. All we need is the will. I have run an accredited course for local volunteer mums and dads, and others, to deliver parenting programmes and have seen how well these programmes work – for individuals, for families and for communities.

    Teaching ‘parenting’ to children without also addressing the parents own skills and understandings is like teaching children who live in a home with no eggs or flour how to make a cake.

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