We are committed, through our Time with Dad strategy, to building a society that systematically supports men as actively involved, caring fathers.
We want men to receive the help they need to care for and spend time with their children - and to play their part in supporting their health, learning, and development.
This has benefits for children, for women, and for society - as well as for fathers themselves.
Our approach to achieving change is to:
Develop, maintain, and promote a high quality evidence base about UK fathers and fatherhood
Transform the commissioning, design, and evaluation of services and family interventions - and individual practitioners' attitudes and practice
Identify and test promising interventions from around the world, in the UK
Advocate for policy change
Improve public understanding about fathers' roles and impact
We want perinatal, health visiting, social care, and other family services to routinely and systematically support fathers' close attachment to their babies, and involve them in supporting their children's health and development.
We will design, test, and advocate for improved systems including:
Routine data collection of paternal details and linkage to new birth records
Universal access to good quality information for new dads
An improved antenatal team parenting offer for expectant couples
Systematic engagement with fathers by safeguarding services
Our 2024 priorities
Improving Safeguarding through Audited Father Engagement
We will publish findings from the Randomised Controlled Trial of ISAFE and scale the roll out of our intervention for social workers into more local authorities
The Kids are Alright: Adolescents and their Fathers in the UK
We will publish the final report in our Nuffield Foundation-funded series, and disseminate findings to the research community, policy makers, and practitioners
Fathers Reading Every Day
We will begin our four-year project, funded by Mercers, to roll out and evaluate FRED in early years settings across the London Borough of Lambeth
Campaigning for an improved paternity and parental leave offer
We will seek funding to support our policy work, including our campaign for six weeks- well-paid leave for new fathers to be included in political parties' upcoming General Election manifestos
Paternal Involvement & its Effects on Children's Education
We will seek funding for an evidence review about fathers' impact on children aged 2-10, and follow-up work to build on the PIECE study