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Community Development Alliance Scotland

New Father Friendly Resources

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Fathers Network Scotland presents some new papers showing how organisations often unconsciously exclude dads – and the huge growth in those who have turned “father-friendly”.

  • ‘Here’s Dad’ Very few family services would say they don’t work with fathers. However, the vast majority of services do not offer a specific service for fathers. In 2007, of a sample of 382 Scottish services for parents, only three services were adapted to suit the needs of fathers. Less than a decade later, a survey has found a more than 900 per cent increase to more than 80 services, projects and agencies that in one way or another are either for dads, are dad-friendly or reach out to include dads. This includes not only national charities and councils but also local projects and self-help groups.
  • ‘Where’s Dad Too’ A new and revised edition of ‘Where’s Dad?’, which for more than two years has helped them campaign for more father-inclusive practices.
  • Father-proofing Guidance for Marketing and Communications A new toolkit with suggestions about how to make changes to ensure that family services welcome both mothers and fathers.
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