Call our National Helpline on 0300 0300 363
Check availability times

The UK's leading Shared Parenting charity

Press Releases

Families Need Fathers Response to David Cameron's Speech on the Government's Response to Riots in the UK



The civil disturbances seen across Britain last week were undoubtedly the result not of a single issue, but numerous interlinked social and economic causes which have developed over both the short and long term. The Prime Minister has identified the declining influence of the role of the family and parenting as one of these factors. Families Need Fathers agrees that more needs to be done to enable children to maintain meaningful relationships with both parents following family breakdown, but that this will require significant work on behalf of the Government to ensure that words are translated into action.



Ken Sanderson, CEO of Families Need Fathers, commented, “No one would want to oversimplify the causes of the recent disturbances which have devastated families and communities across the country. It is widely accepted though that families and parenting play a critical role in ensuring children are brought up with a strong ethic of social responsibility and a desire to improve the lives of those around them. Research strongly indicates that children have better emotional, educational and social outcomes over the course of their lives if they are able to enjoy the full involvement of both parents, regardless of whether they are still together or not.



The issue here is not as simple as ‘problem’ families, and parents not taking responsibility for their children. Good parenting is not a product of income, and though a small minority of parents may shirk their responsibilities, the great majority of parents desire to do their best for their children following family breakdown, regardless of other factors.



Mr Cameron correctly identified in his speech that people react to signals given by the Government and public bodies. For too long though, the signals given to families has downplayed the importance of children maintaining a meaningful relationship with both parents following divorce and separation. Whether it is the lack of action taken against parents who break contact orders or the struggles faced by some separated parents to even obtain their children’s school reports, the overall impression given is that parents not living with their children are of secondary importance.  The Government needs to take a clear lead in family policy, and make it clear to public bodies, and indeed wider society, that both parents matter. It is a shame that it has taken the violence and destruction witnessed over the past week to bring about serious discussion on how we ensure that children enjoy the benefits of having both parents involved in their lives. I hope that Mr Cameron will follow through on his expressed desire to strengthen families and communities when the Family Justice Review presents their final recommendations in the autumn.”






For comment, case studies or information please contact:


Ross Jones, Acting Director of Policy and Research 020 7613 5060


Ken Sanderson, CEO 020 7613 5060

        Forgot Login?  

  Join us now...
Consider a small donation...

If you are using Amazon for purchases, please use their "Smile" programme and select us as the charity they will donate to.


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


Upcoming Events

30/01/2020 Thu: Southport Meeting
30/01/2020 Thu: Exeter Meeting
1/02/2020 Sat: Harrow Branch Meetings
3/02/2020 Mon: London Central Solicitor's Clinic
3/02/2020 Mon: Edinburgh Meeting
3/02/2020 Mon: Nottingham Meeting
3/02/2020 Mon: Northern Ireland Meeting
3/02/2020 Mon: Reading Meeting
3/02/2020 Mon: London Central Meeting
4/02/2020 Tue: Leeds Central Meeting
4/02/2020 Tue: Newcastle Meeting
4/02/2020 Tue: Northampton Meeting
4/02/2020 Tue: Oxford Meeting (check day with branch)
4/02/2020 Tue: Harrow Branch Meetings
5/02/2020 Wed: Manchester Meeting
5/02/2020 Wed: Epsom Meeting
5/02/2020 Wed: London West Meeting