Annual fatherhood survey

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Centre for Social Justice
Centre for Social Justice
Date of publication
8 August 2016
Families, Health Services
Social welfare
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This survey draws on a poll recording the experiences of first-time fathers and their need for information and support. It notes the damaging effects of the absence of a father on children and young people, and of outmoded concepts of family roles and structures. The authors recommend the appointment of a senior MP as a `fatherhood champion', and also:

  • ensuring all Government policy is assessed for its impact on fathers, using the Government’s Family Test, especially those from poorer backgrounds;
  • encouraging UK employers to become ‘father friendly’ and recognise the needs of fathers in the workplace;
  • working with NHS bosses to make sure expectant fathers are helped to play a full role in the maternity and birthing process;
  • promoting the important role of fathers in family life by supporting role models and mentoring programmes, shining a spotlight on good practice where this is making a real difference; and
  • help the Government to roll out parenting programmes aimed at fathers and fathers-to-be.

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