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Entries in interviews (2)


Louis de Bernieres puts the case for FNF

In the second of Yasmin Alibhai-Brown's Radio 4 programmes on family breakdown, FNF patron Louis de Bernieres talks about his experience of losing contact with his children.

The well-known author of Captain Correlli's Mandolin mentions the emotional desolation when he was prevented from seeing his two children. 

Although he is now sharing the care of the children with his ex-partner, his description of the dreadful silence in his house when the children weren't there will seem very familiar to many of the fathers who contact Families Need Fathers Scotland.

The 15 minute interview was broadcast on Tuesday 28 February at 9.30am.


Interviewees wanted for study of fathers

Nick Smithers, who is undertaking a Knowledge Exchange research project with Edinburgh University, would like to hear from fathers willing to be interviewed about their experience of child protection procedures.

In his work as a fathers support worker at Circle Scotland he has grown concerned that men receive different treatment to women while involved in child protection procedures, particularly in relation to social work involvement.

To investigate this issue he wants to interview men whose children have either been on the Child Protection Register or who have been Looked After and Accommodated by the local authority. For logistical reasons he is restricting the sample to Edinburgh and the Lothians.

The interview should take no longer than an hour and is an opportunity for fathers to have their story heard and to contribute to a project which will help to bring these issues to light. All participants will be anonymous when the research is published.

 If you are willing to be interviewed and meet the criteria please contact him at Circle Edinburgh 0131 332 9269 or e-mail nick.smithers@circlescotland.org