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News, policy, research and practice articles of relevance for professionals working within early years services, such as Health Visiting, Sure Starts and Family Centres, with a focus on engaging successfully with fathers in those settings.

Policy » Early years
6 September 2001
Children are at risk because child protection services often exclude fathers from discussion of their future. Dads can often take steps to protect their children as well as offering vital support. 
Policy » Early years
2 July 2001
Fathers Direct, the national information centre for fatherhood, today gave a cautious welcome to the Government’s announcement that employers will be required by law to give serious consideration to requests from the parents of young children forflexible or part-time working. 
External research » Early years
19 June 2001
More than 90 per cent of children want more time with their fathers, with three times as many saying that caring, rather than breadwinning, is their dad’s most important job. 
External research » Early years
7 June 2001
Father involvement can be vital to children, improving educational achievement, social skills and cutting criminality, according to major research commissioned by four British charities working with fathers and part-funded by the Home Office. 
7 June 2001
The key points from the research published by Fathers Direct, NFPI, Working with Men and Newpin Fathers Support Centre on June 13 2001. 
Policy » Early years
19 April 2001
In response to the report from the Childcare Commission published today calling for greater support for families, Fathers Direct, the national information centre for fatherhood issued the following statement.