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Unicef - UK one of the least family-friendly countries

Unicef Ranks UK as one of the Least Family-friendly Countries

The United Nations Children's Fund (Unicef) declared the UK as one of the least family-friendly countries in the developed world (OECD nations). Their key findings were released last week. Support for maternity leave is poor and for paternity at just £148.68 a week for two weeks is shameful. Their announcement states 'Paid paternity leave helps fathers bond with their babies, contributes to healthy infant and child development, lowers maternal depression and increases gender equality' and their report calls for 'national policies ensuring paid paternity leave and encouraging fathers to use it.'. 

The UK Government introduced a scheme for  Shared Parental Leave, however, this policy has been widely accepted as being a failure with estimates of 1% to 8% take-up (most estimates being around 2%). The issue for most families is lack of afordability. Crucially, unlike our scheme, countries where such policies do work provide paternity leave on a non-tranferable and funded  basis. They not only enjoy high take-up rates but more joint care of children whether the parents live together or apart. Last year our Government rejected a proposal by the Women and Equalities Select Committee, with an eye on narrowing the gender pay-gap, to give fathers a month of funded paternity leave, with a number of inadequate excuses. It is not surprising that the countries with the most family-friendly policies were Sweden, Norway, Iceland and Estonia along with, perhaps more surprisingly, Portugal. Neither is it particularly surprising that those with most generous paternity policies have the lowest gender pay-gaps. Various media cover this story and The Independent reports that the UK ranks 28th out of 31 countries, only marginally better than cash-strapped Greece. We have requested a copy of the full report from Unicef.

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  • A couple of weeks ago a 'guest blog' by, self styled 'feminist' barrister Charlotte Proudman was posted on the Transparency Project's Website. Her comments follow on from her appearance alongside FNF on the Victoria Derbyshire Show on 15th May 2019 when she said that Parental Alienation "really turns my stomach", the existence of which she questioned. Child Protection Resource website published our response to the Family Inquiry Panel and the feelings and dogma that are being promoted in this discussion. Please support us by sharing and liking our posts, following us, becoming a member, registering for free or making a donation. http://childprotectionresource.online/feelings-and-dogma-cannot-set-the-agenda-in-family-justice/
  • A couple of weeks ago a 'guest blog' by, self styled 'feminist' barrister Charlotte Proudman was posted on the Transparency Project's Website. Her comments follow on from her appearance alongside FNF on the Victoria Derbyshire Show on 15th May 2019 when she said that Parental Alienation "really turns my stomach", the existence of which she questioned. Child Protection Resource website published our response to the Family Inquiry Panel and the feelings and dogma that are being promoted in this discussion. Please support us by sharing and liking our posts, following us, becoming a member, registering for free or making a donation. A GLITCH CAUSED THIS POST TO GO OUT TWICE. SORRY FOR CONFUSION. KEPT BOTH AS BOTH HAD COMMENTS.
  • You will have your own views as to why public and private law cases are going up. We will try to investigate the most promising suggestions and share them with the judiciary. More details on the review will follow separately. Please support us by becoming a member, sharing and liking our posts, registering for free or making a donation. https://www.theguardian.com/law/2019/jul/03/family-courts-running-up-a-down-escalator-due-to-increase-in-cases
  • Following a powerful lobby by women's rights activists, the Ministry of Justice announced a panel of representatives to review the way that family justice system does or does not protect people from the risk of domestic abuse. Naturally the recommendations will affect mothers, fathers and their children. It will affect victims and perpetrators of abuse. They will also affect the innocent and people who are victims of false allegations. We want people to be safe, but it is hard to see how the Government came to the conclusion that their reviewing panel of 10 women and one man is fair, but they did. It includes women's representatives, but none from men's or fathers organisations. Please read our Newsletter on this and ask you MP to make representations to the Minister. https://fnf.org.uk/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=534:spotlight-on-child-protection-in-family-courts-review-panel&catid=2:uncategorised
  • University College London research by Dr John Barry supports the comments here that men treasure their responsibility as fathers above all else. Research also supports the fact that shared parenting after separation improves welfare outcomes for children. We support a rebuttal presumption of joint parenting time. Not a recent article, but still relevant and supported by growing evidence. https://www.telegraph.co.uk/men/thinking-man/how-dad-deprivation-could-be-eroding-modern-society/ To support us please follow us, share and like our posts, become a member, register for free or make a donation.
  • We previously reported on this tragic case where a child was killed by his mother. The Serious Case Review (SCR) has now been published. Explanations offered include "spousal revenge intended as a mechanism to hurt her ex-partner" and that "could be supported by the death having occurred on Father's Day". One of the recommendations of the SCR is 'That KSCB and the Kent and Medway Domestic Abuse Executive Group develop an increased understanding of the needs of men as victims of domestic abuse and what this means about the nature of services that should be provided for them.' The case demonstrates that it is wrong to treat these horrendous cases in the gendered way they often are e.g. on the Victoria Derbyshire Show on 15th May 2019 with selective sampling of SCRs. Please support us by sharing and liking our posts, following us, becoming a member, registering for free or making a donation. https://www.kentonline.co.uk/maidstone/news/murdering-mum-was-a-narcissist-207638/

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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