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News, research, policy and practice articles on working with separated families, and maximising the involvement of fathers in the lives of their children post-separation.

Policy » Separated families
17 October 2003
Proposals, backed by senior judges, that could cut the numbers of contested child contact cases in the family courts by 75 per cent, have been presented to the Government. 
Practice » Separated families
1 April 2003
“How to Build New Dads” is a briefing paper aimed at those working within the maternity services – midwives, paediatricians, obstetricians, health visitors and others who are involved in supporting pregnant women and their partners through the pregnancy, preparing for, and going through the birth, and the immediate post-natal period of transition to parenthood. 
External research » Separated families
6 September 2001
The role of fathers has been much debated in research and press. Fathers have been shown to be as responsive to their children’s needs as mothers, and in families where fathers can offer kindness, care and warmth children do better at school, have stronger social skills and exhibit less criminality. 
Policy » Separated families
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. 
External research » Separated families
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 » Separated families
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.