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Building a society that supports men as hands-on fathers and father-figures

The Fatherhood Institute is a UK charity working to build a society that values, prepares, and supports men as involved fathers and caregivers.

Evidence shows that involved fatherhood has unique and significant impacts on children, mothers, and fathers themselves; improves children's wellbeing and outcomes; and helps progress towards gender equality at home and in the workplace.

Our work focuses on research, policy, and practice. We publish research reviews, take part in new studies and test promising family interventions; advocate for policy change; produce practice resources; and train practitioners in perinatal, early years, education, and social care services.

Our services

For children's and family services

Check out our training courses

For researchers

Discover how we can help you with your study

For corporates

Commission us to deliver presentations and workshops

For fathers and family members

Read about our work and find help

Highlights: our petition

6 weeks for dads

In July 2023 we started a Parliamentary petition calling on the Government to improve its statutory paternity offer, by:

  • Paying employed fathers two weeks’ paternity leave at 90% of salary

  • Introducing a ‘daddy month’ of four weeks’ parental leave, paid at the same rate 

  • Introducing a Paternity Allowance for fathers who are not employees

If 10,000 people sign the petition by 11 January 2024, the Government will have to respond to this proposal.

Our policy calls

Our policy work streams

Discover our work to create more father-inclusive policies and services

Our research

Read our high-quality research reviews, co-investigations with eminent universities, and empirical research
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