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Our history page is currently being redeveloped; be sure to check back soon for the full article!
 
In the meantime, you may want to check out our Message from Bob Geldof, or The First Article, which was the letter one of the charity's founders sent to the Guardian newspaper in 1974 to announce the establishment of Families Need Fathers.
 
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  • DISCRIMINATING AGAINST MALE VICTIMS OF ABUSE NO LONGER ALLOWED Equalities campaigner Anne O'Regan and our sibling charity FNF BPM Cymru have made a significant step in persuading the Equalities and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) to change their view and accept that the practice of screening male callers to domestic violence helplines was discriminatory. The EHRC will be writing to service providers to make them aware. The article in The Western Mail can be read here. Congratulations to Anne and FNF BPM Cymru. Please support us by liking our posts, following us on Facebook, registering for Free, joining or making a donation.
  • The Independent now highlights the issue of Parental Alienation and the need for a smarter system of family justice. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/divorce-laws-child-custody-parental-alienation-cafcass-mother-father-a8062941.html Please support FNF by following us, sharing this post, liking this post, registering for free, joining as a member or donating to us. Details of press releases are here: https://fnf.org.uk/news-events-2/press-releases
  • Could family justice be reaching the tipping point at last? Is the family justice system finally putting its foot down over the abuse that is parental alienation? This is something we have been working towards for years, trying to push back the veil of silence and denial over this mean and selfish scourge affecting many of the more acrimonious divorces and separations. Over the last year especially, we have lobbied Cafcass with help and evidence from a number of directions, and we are very hopeful about the results.. Cafcass, whose crucial influence on family proceedings is responsible for so many judicial decisions, has seen the light - or darkness - and is gearing up to challenge it! A tough job in an organisation which has denied the very existence of PA for years, but one which if successful, could change the lives of so many children - and their parents - for the better. Go for it! https://www.theguardian.com/society/2017/nov/17/parental-alienation-divorce-custody-crackdown-cafcass https://fnf.org.uk/news-events-2/press-releases/150-press-releases-2017-archive/437-cafcass-taking-parental-alienation-seriously-at-last Please support FNF by following us, sharing this post, registering for free, joining as a member or donating to us.
  • A very sad and usually overwhelming point in any intractable case is when your ex suddenly claims that your child no longer wishes to see you - and of course she/he couldn't possibly overrule him/her. It is unthinkable and tragic. Your child, with whom you've always had a deep and happy relationship is allegedly saying they've decided life is better without involving you. You can't challenge your ex because - well you can't challenge your ex. But suddenly the court, Cafcass, etc, move to a position of "Well... if they don't actually want to see you, there's not much we can do...". Your world collapses. You know that there is more to this change than meets the eye and that your child must be going through hell to say that, but no-one wants to know. You are left wondering whether to escalate matters and ask for an investigation into potential parental alienation - something which the courts and Cafcass (until recently when the latter's senior management relented at last) were typically in denial over. Or do you just give up, leaving your kids without half their parents for the rest of their childhood when they need you most? Here is a wonderful post which highlights the tragedy some parents put their children through: https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/just-dont-want-see-you-amanda-sillars/ This link illustrates something that many people do not realise happens so frequently, but they will probably recognise the signs when they read it. Please share widely and follow us.
  • Around 6,000 applications a year are made for enforcement of Child Arrangement (contact) orders made in the child's best interest. Fewer than 1% are enforced (latest quarterly data from the Ministry of Justice). Someone has started this Parliamentary petition to address this. https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/202194 Please support FNF by registering for free, joining or just following us on Facebook.
  • Surely a 'no-brainer' as children are so often caught-up on the cross-fire of false allegations and exaggerations. Please support FNF by following us or liking this page or register for free to get our Newsletters. http://www.marilynstowe.co.uk/2017/10/30/divorce-law-increases-conflict-couples/

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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