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Tuesday
Jun132017

Shared Parenting interviewees wanted

FNF Scotland has appointed a student intern, Isabelle Introna, to collect and compile information about the benefits of shared parenting for a new FNF Scotland website. Shared Parenting is when both parents are actively involved in all aspects of their children’s lives and share meaningful parenting responsibility. The new site will offer:
•    A summary of the academic research that has been conducted on shared parenting
•    Details on the law around shared parenting across the globe
•    Stories and advice from families who share parenting
•    A forum that will give parents the opportunity to discuss their own experiences
This work follows on from FNF Scotland’s 2016 report into shared parenting by continuing to promote shared parenting and help those who are trying to achieve it.
Isabelle will be carrying out interviews with parents to find out how they made shared parenting work and what problems were faced along the way, as well as what advice can be passed on. If you would be interested in becoming involved in this project email her for further details or ring the Edinburgh office on 0131 557 2440.

Her four week internship is arranged through the Edinburgh University Employ.ed third sector scheme, supported by Santander.  The web site will be launched in early July - watch this space.

Tuesday
Jun062017

Edinburgh Ironman fundraising for FNF Scotland

Mark and Lisa are competing in the Edinburgh Ironman 70.3 Triathlon on July 2nd, 2017. That 's a 1.2 mile swim, a 56 mile cycle and a 13.1 mile half marathon. 

They are hoping to raise funds to support the work of Families Need Fathers Scotland as demand for our services continues to increase year on year.

 If you would like to sponsor their efforts their donations page is at: https://www.goldengiving.com/fundraising/ironman4fnfscotland

If you want to frighten yourself, the full details of the event are here: tinyurl.com/ycatgr5s

 

Wednesday
May172017

Surveys for dads and family carers

Two chances to give your views on topics such as shared parenting. 

Father's Network Scotland are collecting experiences of fatherhood for a survey to be published on Father's Day -  fill in their survey by 26th May.

COFACE Families Europe are collecting the views of family carers in association with their disability branch - fill in their survey here.

Families in Europe are greatly affected by current social and demographical changes, such as the growing ageing population, changing family structures, or the situation of intergenerational families. The purpose of this data collection is to explore some of the challenges faced by family carers in accessing adequate resources, services, or time arrangements in different EU Member States. They also hope to find some good examples of national, or local policies that help family carers to balance their work, family and personal life.

Wednesday
May172017

Parenting Apart continues

Parenting Apart information/education sessions are for parents who are going through the process of separation or divorce, or are in dispute over contact arrangements.  They help parents to understand about the process of separation and divorce, what their children need from them when they are living apart and how to work together and put their children’s needs first.  They are a one off session of three hours run on a group or one to one basis.  Ex-partners attend different sessions.  Parenting Apart is currently free due to funding from the Scottish Government. 
 
Evidence from an independent review of Parenting Apart, conducted by SMCI Associates, shows that parents negotiate more effectively after participating in Parenting Apart.  They make more effective use of the support that family lawyers and other professionals can provide.  Of those parents who were seeking a court order before the session, 54% were no longer seeking a court order at the follow up review stage 3 months later.  The percentage of parents satisfied with the current arrangements for their children had risen from 15% before attending Parenting Apart to 41% three months after participating.

Over 700 parents have participated in Parenting Apart since the sessions were made available across Scotland 2 years ago.  The sessions are delivered by specifically trained Parenting Apart facilitators who come from mediation, counselling and family support worker backgrounds.  They offer a wealth of experience, skills and perspectives to parents who participate.  By offering these sessions within Relationships Scotland Member Services parents are able to find out about and access other services and further support.  One of the findings from the sessions is that parents who attend move on from using child contact centres more quickly.

The feedback from parents is overwhelmingly positive and encouraging.  For example:   

‘It was good learning how kids deal with situations instead of just presuming they don't have emotions.’

‘I have come away with a better understanding of how to deal with situations between my ex and I and also situations I may find myself in with children.’

One parent said this at the follow up review stage 3 to 6 months after participating:  

‘It was very helpful to come to the session and hear about other people's experiences. The materials helped, both the pack for parents and the one for children, which my son read and really took on board, to the degree that he would not allow any negative mentions of the other parent.’

Parenting Apart is offered from most Relationships Scotland Family Mediation Services.


Tuesday
May092017

24 MSPs support Parental Alienation Awareness motion

The motion tabled at the Scottish Parliament by John Mason MSP to mark International Parental Alienation Awareness Day at the end of April has now been signed by 24 other MSPs as noted below. 

The day was also marked by a press release issued across Europe by the Platform for European Fathers, and a Good Parenting ‘quiz’ issued by FNF to help raise the awareness of the blight that parental alienation can impose on the relationship between children and a once much loved parent.  

International Parental Alienation Awareness Day 

That the Parliament notes that 25 April marks International Parental Alienation Awareness Day; notes that, in over 30 countries, the day aims to highlight the damaging impact that such alienation, when one parent influences a child to reject the other parent following separation, can have on families; believes that, as this can sometimes happen unintentionally, highlighting the signs of alienation are key; understands that the side effects of such alienation can include an increased risk to the mental health of the children and family members who lose access; considers that, where possible, allowing both parents to be involved in the life of a child following separation leads to the best outcome, and hopes that the awareness day will help increase awareness of the benefits that healthy relationships between separated parents can bring.

Supported by: James Dornan, Gillian Martin, Ivan McKee, David Torrance, Sandra White, Ash Denham, Colin Beattie, Bill Kidd, Jeremy Balfour, Fulton MacGregor, Ben Macpherson, Clare Haughey, Jenny Gilruth, Kate Forbes, Maree Todd, Gil Paterson, David Stewart, Tom Arthur, Bob Doris, Gordon Lindhurst, Daniel Johnson, Stuart McMillan, Donald Cameron