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Entries in Families Need Fathers Scotland (3)

Wednesday
Sep072016

FNF Scotland comment on Scottish Government legislative programme

The Scottish Government has presented its list of proposed bills for the coming session of the Scottish Parliament.

Ian Maxwell of Families Need Fathers Scotland said today:

"We are still looking for more information on how the Scottish Government intends to take forward the SNP manifesto commitment to a review of family law. It will be encouraging if its absence from this session's legislative programme is an indicator that it is taking a thoughtful approach to the issues rather than rushing into legislation that will be in place for a generation. Family law and the recognition of the value of both parents to their children is, as the Council of Europe asserted last year,  fundamentally an equalities issue.

We are also aware from the cases that come to us from non-resident parents - mothers as well as fathers - and grandparents that too often turning off and on contact with children has become a form of coercive control by the parent with most care. The legislation in England and Wales made it effectively impossible for a non-resident parent to invoke the protections of the coercive control domestic abuse law and we will make representations to the Scottish Government that our legislation should not contain that loophole.

But of course, our ambition for Scotland is to change the culture in family law that too often pays lip service to putting the interests of the children first while persisting with an adversarial system that does the opposite." 

Thursday
Jun182015

Fathers Day Charter 2015

 

Magna Carta, whose 800th anniversary has just been celebrated, set down some some basic principles that evolved over the centuries as democracy and legal process advanced into the broad rights and obligations we know today. The evolution has always been led by changes in society and the general expectations of what is fair and right.

The evolution of the part fathers play in parenting their children is following a similar path. It is clearly being led by changes in family structures within the wider economy and the expectations that fathers themselves have about their relationship with their children within marriage or long term relationship. There is general approval of this evolution at the wider level of public policy and also at individual level by both mothers and fathers. Unfortunately, when the relationship between parents breaks down attitudes often go into reverse to the disadvantage not only of the parents but also their children.

The FNF family (England, Wales and Scotland) has updated its Charter ahead of Father’s Day to remind legislators and professionals involved in the administration of family law of the principles which underpin the charity.

These are based around five key principles:

  • No child should be denied a full and loving relationship with both their parents unless it has been proven that such a relationship presents a risk to the child;

  • The family justice system should promote collaboration and shared parenting between parents following separation;

  • Family courts need to respond swiftly to breaches of contact orders, to ensure that relationships between children and the parent they do not live with day-to-day are not compromised;

  • Information and support services should be easily accessible for separated parents throughout the different pathways of the family justice system;

  • The important contribution of fathers, mothers, grandparents and the wider family should be promoted wherever possible, in both family policy and wider society.

The Charter has been compiled by Families Need Fathers charities in England, Wales and Scotland. This version of the Charter is intended for use in Scotland.

Wednesday
Jan042012

New year, new charity

Families Need Fathers Scotland starts the new year with the news that we have now been recognised as a Scottish charity - number SC042817. 

This means that we are now a separate Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation- still linked to Families Need Fathers, but with our own board of trustees.  An SCIO is a new legal form for Scottish charities which gives incorporated status without having to form a separate limited company.

Unlike some UK charities, who register with the Scottish Charity Regulator as cross-border charities under the aegis of their UK parent body, FNF Scotland has registered as a separate organisation. 

Our Welsh counterpart FNF Cymru has also registered as a separate charity, but we share common aims and policies with Families Need Fathers and will continue to use the name alongside our other working title "Both Parents Matter Scotland".

All members of Families Need Fathers living in Scotland are members of FNF Scotland, and members living elsewhere who have children or other interests in Scotland can also be included as members.  At present there is no separate joining fee for FNF Scotland.

During 2012 we will continue to lobby the Scottish Parliament and other Scottish institutions to recognise the importance of keeping both parents involved with their children after separation.