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  • Yesterday we attended the All Party Parliamentary Group on Fatherhood. Dr John Clifton of University of East Anglia presented research suggesting social workers treat mothers and fathers very differently, leading to different outcomes. Mothers are treated as primary, fathers as secondary. Social workers consider fathers as carers of last resort - often not bothering to consider how a father may be able to protect a child - a waste of resource. Men tended to be seen as all good or all bad. There were more differentiated views of mothers. https://phys.org/news/2017-07-fathers-child.html Please support FNF by following us, sharing this, liking, registering for free, making a donation or becoming a member.
  • Yesterday the Government announced its crackdown on unpaid Child Maintenance with a host of new measures such as confiscating passports, raiding sole trader's business accounts and joint bank accounts of partners as this article reports (with a quote from Families Need Fathers). They also plan to recover arrears from Job Seekers Allowances, State Pensions and other benefits designed to keep people above the poverty line. In the majority of cases it will affect the poorest in society the most whilst continuing to fail the children it is intended to help and adding to conflict between separated parents. The decision has the look of being politically motivated and designed to enable the Government to begin to write-off the £4 billion of Child Maintenance arrears they have zero chance of ever collecting - not least as most of that money did not and does not exist. We will be seeking to meet with the newly appointed minister responsible for Child Maintenance, Justin Tomlinson MP. He is the third one in the last year. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5948369/Second-wives-pay-child-support-husbands-family-crackdown-maintenance-dodgers.html You can also support FNF by sharing, liking or following us or by registering with us for free, making a donation or becoming a member.
  • That a migrant father has been re-united with his four year old daughter is to be welcomed. The Home Office acted illegally and heartlessly. Now how about helping dads (and some mums) needlessly separated from their children due to lack of enforcement of their own orders and equally heartless policies? And what about ending the nonsense that someone making allegations against another person can get Legal Aid, whilst denying it to the accused. Is that legal? Is there any morel justification for such an 'inequality of arms' as the lawyers call it? Any lawyer want to test it? Please support us by following us, liking this, sharing, registering for free on our website, making a donation or becoming a member. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-44797805
  • The latest social attitudes survey tells us what most of us have known for some time - attitudes about women being carers and men working have been changing rapidly . Almost three quarters of people disagreeing with this. Just a few weeks ago the Government's response to Select Committee recommendations that fathers should have a month of paid paternity leave were dismissed, saying "The long term solution lies in promoting and securing a wider culture change". Seems the Government are behind the curve of public opinion - again! So are the judiciary, Cafcass and local authority social workers! Please support us by sharing this, liking it, following us, registering for free, making a donation or becoming a member. Don't forget to write about this to your MP too. https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2018/jul/10/survey-finds-uk-is-abandoning-traditional-views-of-gender-roles
  • 'Gatekeeper' mums affect father's later parenting says study. The message is - let dads be dads and involve them from day one. https://news.osu.edu/news/2018/06/11/father-parenting-quality/ Support us by liking this page, sharing, following us, registering for free, making a donation or becoming a member.
  • Today's Telegraph reports on the rise of Non-Molestation orders following changes in Legal Aid that resulted in only the accuser, but not the accused, being able to qualify for such state funding in family disputes. The Midlands had increases in such orders of 123%. Derby had a particularly spectacular increase of use of such orders of 962%! Is anyone investigating why? Please support us by sharing this, liking and following or you can register for free, make a donation or become a member. https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/07/03/husbands-wrongly-accused-abuse-changes-legal-aid-rules-charity/

FNF HSSF Kite Mark Award

Families Need Fathers has been awarded the Help and Support for Separated Families Kite Mark which is a new UK government accreditation scheme for organisations offering help to separated families.

Families Need Fathers work with a range of family law professionals, including Family Law Panel

 

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