The Fatherhood Institute
A charity founded in 1999 by mothers and fathers who realised that family service providers (midwives, health visitors, teachers, nursery workers and others who interacted with families on a professional basis) were out of step with modern times: they talked about working with parents but actually focused all their attention on mums, often discouraging fathers from playing an active part.
These professionals were totally failing to recognise that today’s dads are far more involved with their children than in previous generations – and very much want to be so. The Fatherhood Institute (formerly Fathers Direct) therefore focuses its attention on these family professionals.
Its vision is for a society that: gives all children a strong and positive relationship with their father and any father figures, supports both mothers and fathers as earners and carers, and prepares young people for a future shared role in caring for children.
What can it do for me?
If you are one of these family professionals, the Institute can help you be more inclusive of fathers in your day-to-day work, since it is the UK's leading provider of training, consultancy and publications in this field. The Institute can provide you with tips and studies, case studies, policy news and research into what works for organisations working to support fathers in their family lives.
Although aimed mainly at professionals who are working with dads, the Institute's website contains vast amounts of interesting news, research, features and information about dads.