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Fatherhood factsheets

one-stop-shop of essential knowledge for UK dads

We've summarised what you need to know about your legal and employment rights as a father, set out some ideas about important things to focus on, and suggested some useful sources of advice and support (please see the disclaimer below).

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Paternity and parental leave
Parental responsibility and birth registration
Checking Text on a Document
Sharing the earning and caregiving
Father and Daughter
Flexible working
Looking after your health
Supporting your child's education
Dad Lessons
Co-parenting across households
Father Playing with Daughters
Men and baby loss
Finding help and support

Future factsheets we're working on, that will be available on this page:

  • Keeping your baby safe 

  • Being a stepfather

We welcome your feedback and ideas for other factsheets you or other fathers might find useful. Please contact us by email.

Please note:

  1. The information provided in these factsheets, and elsewhere on our website, does not, and is not intended to, constitute legal advice. We review and update these factsheets at least once a year but do please double-check with other sources before making any decisions based on the information we have provided. We provide links to other third-party websites and resources, for your convenience; we do not recommend or endorse their contents.

  2. The Fatherhood Institute does not operate a helpline and cannot provide individualised advice to fathers or other family members. Please see our 'Finding Help and Support' infosheet for resources and signposting that you may find helpful. Please note, that while we update the list as often as possible, it is not exhaustive, and we cannot take responsibility for the quality of the information and advice provided.

  3. If you are having problems relating to contact with your child/ren, we provide links to relevant support organisations within the 'Co-parenting Across Households' factsheet. 

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