Advocating for Involved Fatherhood in the UK: the story of the FI

24 July 2013

The Bernard Leer Foundation commissioned us to tell the story of our advocacy for involved fatherhood in the UK from 1999 to the present day.

In this paper you will hear from academics, journalists, policymakers and practitioners about the impact of the Fatherhood Institute (formerly Fathers Direct); we also present and analyse the messaging we have used to help bring about change.

Download the report using the link below:

Advocating for Involved Fatherhood in the UK

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  • andy says:

    I understand what you call a “deficit perspective” can be tackled with a “strength based perspective” in promoting father’role with his children and this has shown to be effective, all be it on a small scale, so thank you for that.

    However this method of countering the anti-father campaign is less effective than the campaign to denigrate fathers. The campaign to denigrate fathers is insidious in our society. From the media, where Mr Kyle, in front of a baying audience, shames a young father into accepting visits to a contact centre for a couple of hours per week as something he should be eternally grateful for, to the Government with their pompous MP’s who spend many hours formulating and passing laws while their wives diligently deal with their children at home, to the crazed social workers whose alarmist opinions percieve all fathers a threat to mother and her relation to the children, to Cafcass workers who would sooner place your children into a care home than have their father look after them, to the “single parent phenomenon” that seeks to divide the family and ensure mother and child are well cared for away from the “menace” of the real father.

    The fact is, Manor Park in Sheffield where roughly 75% of the families are fatherless is not a coincidence. It is the sad result of our social policies and the way we perceive relations between mother, father and child. Unless there is a concerted effort to accept that the fathers who meet on a regular basis to discuss how they can resume relations with their children is met with some kind of understanding and cooperation from our society, nothing will change and the fathers of our families will only be recognised for the contribution of their sperm.

    Kind regards

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