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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.

FI research » Separated families
22 May 2013
This research summary covers: Levels/trends in fathers’ involvement in schools Fathers v. mothers: involvement in education The care/education ‘nexus’ Fathers’ earnings and education Children’s behaviour at school Brain development Fathering quality and educational attainment Fathers and literacy Fathers v. 
Policy » Separated families
16 February 2013
Many policy documents and some legislation require family, health and education professionals to engage with ‘parents’. This should, of course, mean that they engage with fathers as well as mothers – but research show that this tends to happen all too rarely. 
Policy » Separated families
31 January 2013
Parental Responsibility is a legal status an adult can hold in relation to a child, which gives that adult all the ‘rights and responsibilities’ of a parent. 
Practice » Separated families
1 December 2012
Useful organisations and information sources: Below you will find a referral organisation for specialist advice on most issues.  Do email us (mail@fatherhoodinstitute.org) if you think any of our information is wrong or needs updating (organisations can change their details day to day, and they don’t usually inform us when they do!) or if you feel we have missed out or misrepresented an important service Advice Now An independent, not-for-profit website providing accurate, up-to-date information on rights and legal issues.  
Practice » Separated families
22 October 2012
CARE SYSTEM Questions we have been asked include: ‘My child has been taken into care – what can I do as a dad to get him back?’ ‘Man who had custody of his son became ill and social services have taken the son from him. 
Practice » Separated families
21 October 2012
CHILD PROTECTION Questions we have been asked include: ‘Father fears for child’s wellbeing’ ‘Wife mistrusts everyone. Children won’t mix.