Why dads matter to policy campaign on babies’ first 1001 days

14 December 2015

The Fatherhood Institute is pledging its support to the 1001 Critical Days campaign – relaunched in the UK Parliament this week by a cross-party group of MPs.

We have produced a 1-page briefing for MPs and other interested parties, summarising what the evidence says about fathers’ importance in the period from conception to age 2 – and are calling on health professionals, the Government and others to specifically engage fathers and not just through mothers.

“We know that fathers are keen to be involved and the benefits for the couple and the children are huge, so let’s make it easy for them, and let’s start early,” said FI joint chief executive Adrienne Burgess.

Download our summary here: Fathers in the first 1001 days PDF.

MPs who support the campaign are pushing for the Government to adopt the policy principles set out in the 1001 Critical Days manifesto – which you can download here: 1001 Critical Days manifesto.

MPs from eight political parties are supporting the campaign, including Conservative MP Tim Loughton, Labour MP Frank Field, Liberal Democrat MP Norman Lamb and Green MP Caroline Lucas.

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