FI chief executive talks with PM about supporting families

10 December 2010

Fatherhood Institute chief executive Rob Williams joined Prime Minister David Cameron at 10 Downing Street, along with representatives of Kids in the Middle (a coalition of 30 UK family, children and relationship organisations and 25 agony aunts) to discuss the best ways Government could help to support families. 

In a speech later the same day (10 December), Mr Cameron announced £7.5 million a year in funding to support relationships. He also cited a Swedish study showing that couples are almost a third less likely to split up when the father is involved early on, and confirmed that the Government will be consulting on a system of flexible parental leave, to enable mothers and fathers to share childcare during the first year. 

Read Mr Cameron’s speech in full.


  • Scott Colfer says:

    Great to hear about re-orientation of Sure Start health visitors to be more inclusive of dads.

  • Susan James-England says:

    I think that it is a wonderful job that you are doing and having worked for social services for 25 years I can understand why you are independent of them.

    The first 10 years were good ones when I worked on the caring side, and I have met/known some amazing social worker that will work with the family. Sadly a lot of the care has gone out of social services; they don’t put the time in anymore, to me care should be the heart of where they are coming from.

    Unfortunately I have a great-grandson whose mum accidentally injured him and my daughter is trying to be full-time carer. My grandson is amazing with his son and if you could see the bonding between them, there is everything to work with but social services are going for adoption – even though we have pointed out so many areas that have been overlooked and in this case they are doing the child a great in-justice to deprive this beautiful baby from his dad and our family who adore him.

    Loosing my parents as a child 6years old when my dad died and 9 years old when my mum died – I know that no matter what nothing ever replaces genuine love – though not just a cherished memory nor grief the love that was given to me – made me the loving, caring person that I am today.

    Well done fatherhood institute, with all good wishes Sue James-England

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