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About FNF Scotland

Families Need Fathers Scotland is a registered Scottish charity (SC042817), with three staff: Ian Maxwell (national manager), John Forsyth (communications/policy) and Alastair Williamson (outreach and partnership development).

Our purposes according to the constitution are:

1    For the relief of parents and their children and other close family members living in Scotland or having a family member in Scotland who are suffering from the consequences of divorce or separation by providing advice, assistance and other support and, in so doing, helping parents stay in touch with their children after divorce or separation;
2    To further the emotional development of children in Scotland whose parents have divorced or separated by encouraging shared parenting arrangements which enable such children to have continuing and meaningful relationships with both their parents;
3    To conduct study and research into problems concerned with children in Scotland who are deprived of the presence of a parent in their families, and into the problems concerned with establishing good relations between parents living apart from their children, and to publish the useful results of all such study and research in order to encourage appropriate changes in professional and public opinion;

Families Need Fathers Scotland respects the confidentiality of personal information from our clients and staff with utmost confidentiality.  Our full Privacy Policy can be seen here.  Our policies for complaints, equality and children, young people and vulnerable adults are also available to download.

Our 2016-17 Annual Report and Accounts can be downloaded here.

Our 2017-18 Annual Report and Accounts can be downloaded here.

The 2018 AGM of the organisation will be held on 31st October 2018. 

We gratefully acknowledge the financial support received from the Scottish Government, the Tudor Trust, the Robertson Trust and the Corra Foundation alongside the donations and fundraising undertaken by members and people who we have supported.

FNF Scotland is a member of Advice UK, Children in Scotland, SCVO and the Scottish Child Law Centre.

We are currently holders of the Help and Support for Separated Families (HSSF) Mark awarded by the Department of Work and Pensions.



Constitutional changes at 2018 AGM

Members who  attend the 2018 AGM will be asked to agree the following changes to the charity constitution.

  • The change in membership is proposed in order to create a new Scottish membership structure, reflecting the fact that Families Need Fathers Scotland is a separate charity and that membership fees should be used in Scotland.  We will continue to work alongside the FNF charities based in England and Wales and promote shared parenting and other common aims.
  • The change in the number of trustees is proposed because the charity has grown in recent years and wishes to involve more people from across Scotland in our management.

In detail, the proposed changes are:

Membership is open to any individual aged 16 or over who is a member of Families Need Fathers and who lives in Scotland or has an involvement with Scotland or a family member in Scotland.

Membership is open to any individual aged 16 or over who applies to join Families Need Fathers Scotland, is willing to agree to our purposes and principles, and who has paid the appropriate subscription.  Scottish based or involved members of Families Need Fathers UK will remain members of FNF Scotland without further payment for a transition period of 12 months from when this change is agreed.

Any person who wishes to become a member must sign a written application for membership of Families Need Fathers Scotland.  This application can be incorporated within the membership form for Families Need Fathers.

Any person who wishes to become a member must sign a written or electronic application for membership of Families Need Fathers Scotland.

No membership subscription will be payable over and above the membership subscription of Families Need Fathers unless agreed by the Families Need Fathers Scotland board.

The membership subscription for Families Need Fathers Scotland will be determined by the Trustees and will comprise a rate for waged members and a reduced rate for unwaged members. 

The maximum number of charity trustees is 6

The maximum number of charity trustees is 8

A full version of the current constitution is here