10 July 2023
A coalition of charities, advocacy organisations and researchers have joined the Fatherhood Institute in sending an open letter to Kemi Badenoch, Business Secretary and Minister for Women & Equalities, calling for a rethink of her policy on statutory paternity and parental leave - which ignores evidence that fathers cannot afford to take leave, and that more and better-paid leave could bring benefits to families and the economy. The FI has also launched a parliamentary petition calling for 6 weeks' well-paid leave for fathers. Read the full story »
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21 June 2023
Every year, for one week out of 52, there’s a good chance of fatherhood becoming part of the national conversation, thanks to Father’s Day. 
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16 June 2023
In our previous blog, we presented new analysis of how much an average-earning, full-time employed UK father stands to lose financially if he takes two weeks’ paternity leave paid at the statutory rate, compared to what he could earn if he carried on working. 
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12 June 2023
As our inboxes and timelines fill with the usual torrent of Father’s Day marketing offers, now’s a good time to reflect on how much value is really attached to dads in the UK. 
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7 June 2023
Becoming a parent is a major transition in a person’s working life. For many expectant and new parents, the excitement of becoming a father or mother is accompanied by worries about finances, as well as logistical challenges involved in juggling their new parenting role with work. 
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11 January 2023
The number of full-time stay-at-home dads in the UK has leapt by a third since before the pandemic, according to new figures from the Office for National Statistics, compiled by The Guardian. 
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20 December 2022
Closing the Gap – a new Fatherhood Institute analysis of official figures – shows big increases in time spent by working fathers on childcare, housework and home-working since before the Covid-19 pandemic. 
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8 August 2022
The UK’s parenting leave system is one of the most gender-unequal in the developed world. Its structure – followed by the vast majority of employers across the country – places responsibility for looking after babies, for the entire first year of their lives, firmly in the hands of mothers. 
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12 July 2022
Statutory paternity leave and pay in the UK is among the lowest in Europe. The pay rate is lower than the minimum wage, and represents about a quarter of the median pay for a full-time working man (£652 per week). 
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13 June 2022
NHS maternity, health visiting and other family services are failing babies by ignoring their fathers during the first postnatal year, according to our latest evidence review, Bringing Baby Home, published for Father’s Day 2022. 
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30 May 2022
The Fatherhood Institute is conducting the most comprehensive review ever undertaken in Britain, of decades of research into the roles of fathers in families. 
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14 December 2021
We often hear the phrase ‘families come in all shapes and sizes’ these days. But in research, policy and practice there’s still a tendency to define fathers in a simplistic and binary way: you’re either ‘resident’ or ‘non-resident’. 
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14 February 2023
“Happy Valentines Day!!” by Darwin Bell is licensed under CC BY-NC 2.0. Stuck for something to do or give your partner this Valentine’s Day? 
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11 January 2023
The UK Parliament’s Education Select Committee has launched an inquiry into childcare affordability and early years education in England. 
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15 September 2022
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11 September 2022
We are delighted to make available several pre-prepared search packs drawn from our systematically collected and curated UK fatherhood research library, at a price of £15 per pack. 
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21 July 2022
The Fatherhood Institute is a world-leader in father-inclusive research, policy and practice. Established in 1999, we have built a strong track record, developing a remarkable knowledge and evidence base around fathers and fatherhood – and training thousands of practitioners, commissioners and others, as well as advocating for policy change and developing high quality resources for dads. 
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13 June 2022
We know that sometimes it feels like you’re the forgotten parent. Nobody smiles at you or talks to you, invites you to appointments about the baby, or asks you how you are. 
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13 June 2022
Bringing Baby Home, our review of empirical evidence about UK fathers and fatherhood in the first postnatal year, explores who dads are; what they do as caregivers, and what influences this; what impact they have (on children and mothers); and how services engage with them. 
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23 February 2022
The Fatherhood Institute (UK charity number 1075104) is a small charity that has been working behind the scenes to raise the profile of ‘involved fatherhood’ since 1999.