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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

Campaign update

campaign for 6 weeks leave for new dads

In July 2023 we started a Parliamentary petition calling on the UK Government to improve its statutory paternity offer - providing all fathers with two weeks’ paternity leave and a 'daddy month' of parental leave, paid at 90% of salary.

We needed 10,000 signatures to force the Government to respond - and we smashed that goal. When the petition closed on 11 January 2024, we had reached an incredible 14,428 signatures.

Now we need your help - please write to your MP and share your story with us.

Read our blog to find out which constituencies registered the most signatures

Our policy calls

manifesto for supporting paternal caregiving
manifesto for supporting paternal caregiving
manifesto for supporting paternal caregiving
manifesto for supporting paternal caregiving

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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