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  • Thanks to everyone who has been following us. We've reached 7,000 page likes. Please continue to share our page. The more of us there are, the more we can do.
  • Though not specifically about our work, a lot of interesting societal crossovers though. Thought it may be interesting to many of you. https://youtu.be/5ER1LOarlgg https://youtu.be/aMcjxSThD54
  • A moving account of the effect of Parental Alienation on grandparents is reported on by BBC Wales. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-42444804?SThisFB Help us to change this. Follow us on Facebook, share this page, like it, register for free, join us or consider making a donation.
  • Wishing you a Happy Christmas. Please watch this short video to show solidarity with children and their dads (as well as some mums) who won’t be seeing each other this Christmas. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lnahc1hjWn0&feature=youtu.be For thousands it will be the first time apart since birth. For many of them it will be as a result of contact denial in defiance of court orders. Unfortunately, UK family courts rarely enforce their own orders. Tragically, thousands of children will be alienated. They will be provided with or develop false perspectives of their absent parent as all 'bad' and consequently lose a once loved parent from their lives. It need not be like this. Other countries have policies that value fathers far more and make such consequences less likely. Help us to change this. Christmas time is for children and families – whether together or apart. Families Need Fathers believe that both parents matter and research proves this time and time again. Thank you if you have already seen this video. If not, please watch it, share it with your friends and family, follow us and like this page. Together we can make a difference. If you know someone who is not seeing their children at this time, check in on them. They’ll value your support. With best wishes, Families Need Fathers – because both parents matter.
  • As Sweden seeks to extend its family and dad friendly policies we are a generation behind and not yet off the starting block. Joint parenting after separation became commonplace after such policies started to be introduced. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/12/19/take-five-months-parental-leave-swedish-fathers-told/ Support us by sharing this, following us and liking this post. You can also register for free, make a donation and/or join on our website www.fnf.org.uk.
  • Justice on trial - how safe is criminal or family justice? In the last week two rape cases made the news as failings of process led to their collapse and risked convictions of innocent men. It has placed the justice system itself on trial. Half of FNF service users report false allegations. In the emotionally charged atmosphere of family disputes, an adversarial system of justice fuels false allegations and exaggerations. The President of the Family Division, Sir James Munby, addressing a Families Need Fathers conference, said that false allegations are “one of the greatest vices of the system”. A University of Strathclyde study reported that 35% of family court proceedings featured allegations of abuse and 70% were found or judged to be false. How can such allegations, when proven to be false, not be treated as 'hate crimes'? Their impact can be devastating on the accused and the children caught-up in the deceit. Delays and inappropriate interventions cause huge stress and, most importantly, disrupt loving relationships between the parent and child. In far too many cases this leads to complete elimination of (usually) fathers from children’s lives. The short and long-term harm is horrendous. The President earlier this year said "we know that people game the system, and the classic example of that is one of the bits of LASPO [Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012] is you do get legal aid if there’s an allegation of domestic violence…". In a BuzzFeed News survey, shared here two days ago, magistrates echoed this view. One said that, whilst domestic abuse needs to be addressed, "this appears to be prompting some women to use the claim of 'domestic abuse' as a means of securing legal aid.” Surely justice must now be and be seen to be done and to be even-handed. Justice minister, Dominic Raab, said this week on BBC Radio 5 Live that failings of the two recent rape cases was “deeply worrying”, “The basic principle of British justice is at stake" and "the CPS and the police do need to have a pretty hard long look in the mirror”. Many justice professionals and ordinary people are calling for an investigation into "systemic" failures. They could do worse than investigate the systemic failures in family justice too. Their effects are no less devastating and almost certainly more prevalent. If you have experience of these issues yourself, meet your MP and share your experience with them. Please share this, like it, follow us, register for free, donate or join us on our website.

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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