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Sunday
Oct282012

Time to recognise importance of fathers

Dads Rock is a new playgroup in Edinburgh for fathers and their children.  They are featured in an article in Scotland on Sunday by Children's Minister Aileen Campbell.

As well as enthusing about Dads Rock following her recent visit, Aileen restates the Scottish Government's aim to include fathers in their Parenting Strategy, commenting that:

"Dads these days increasingly tend to be a lot more “hands-on” in all aspects of their children’s lives.  My own personal ­experience reflects this, given that I’m lucky enough to enjoy huge support from my own husband when it comes to caring for and raising our wee one."

"We know dads have a significant influence on their children’s development from the early years through school and into adulthood, and that dads playing a part in their kids’ lives can have all sorts of positive benefits for the family and wider community. In short, it’s crucial as a society, that we truly value and support dads in the hugely important role that they have."

Her opinion piece mentions that the Scottish Government is supporting projects such as Families Need Fathers Scotland and Men in Childcare and confirms that the father's round table meetings will continue to meet as an advisory body on national policy.

Another welcome consequence of the Scottish Parenting Strategy is that the Welsh Government will now consider putting a similar emphasis on fathers in their forthcoming Parenting Strategy. 

Monday
Jun182012

Society should make fathers more welcome

Aileen Campbell, Scotland's minister for children and young people, commented on Father's Day that many fathers feel unwelcome by schools and doctors’ surgeries.

In the run-up to a new national parenting strategy being unveiled in the autumn, Ms Campbell said fathers are often “cut out of the picture”.

She said: “Dads being fully involved in their children’s lives has all sorts of positive benefits for the wider family and community. However, we need to go further to ensure that as a society we truly value and support dads in the role that they play.

She continued: “As we celebrate Father’s Day, it’s a good time to reflect on what all this means for dads, because sometimes when we talk about parents, we tend to mean mums, and cut dads out of the picture. How does it feel to be a father in Scotland today?

“Many will ponder how different their experience is to that of their own fathers. Dads today tend to be a lot more hands on and there is a greater expectation they will be more actively involved in all aspects of their children’s lives.

FNF Scotland is submitting ideas about how the parenting strategy can also apply to separated parents.