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Thursday
Feb012018

Scottish Parliament agrees Cross Party Group on Shared Parenting 

Ivan McKee MSPThe Scottish Parliament Standards, Procedures and Public Appointments Committee of the Scottish Parliament today approved the establishment of a cross party group on Shared Parenting.

The Group is the initiative of Ivan McKee, SNP MSP for Glasgow Provan, who will convene it along with Gillian Martin MSP and Adam Tomkins MSP.

Its most immediate task will be to work to inform the Scottish Government’s forthcoming review of the Children (Scotland) Act 1995.

McKee said: “Where both parents are involved in their children’s upbringing, there is clear evidence this benefits those children’s educational and social development. So it follows, shared parenting is a key mechanism for closing the attainment gap and tackling inequalities”.

He added: “On the other hand, traditional gender assumptions about who is most appropriate to do what in child raising, influences children’s perceptions from their earliest years and impacts on their career choices and economic opportunities. This CPG on Shared Parenting will identify, examine and promote policy and practice that supports both parents in sharing parenting responsibilities and will tackle gender stereotypes head on, in the pursuit of a better understanding of what we need to do to ensure the best possible childhood and most promising adult life for Scotland's children. It will enable MSPs like myself to engage in debate with a wide range of organisations and stakeholders to inform policy developments and practice which impact on parents sharing responsibilities for the role." 

FNF Scotland will provide secretariat services to the new CPG.

Ian Maxwell, national manager of FNF Scotland, said, "2018 is going to be a big year for the development of family policy in Scotland, not least the promised review of the 1995 Children (Scotland) Act which will refresh our assumptions about what what we mean by making Scotland the best place for children to grow up. We are delighted to take on the administrative support tasks of the group. A wide range of organisations with an interest in parenting have already signed up. Any others who would like to share in the conversation should email us.

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