FI Newsletter October 2014

Children who take part in FRED make better progress 

An independent evaluation of the impact of Fathers Reading Every Day (FRED) on more than 300 children at nine south London schools, found improvements at above expected levels in reading, writing and numeracy.

Among participating children, 42% made progress to a greater than expected extent in their reading, compared to 11% for those who did not take part. Read more about the evaluation.

We still have spaces on our November FRED training courses in Leeds and London. Book your place now!

Fathers play big role in UK poverty trap

New figures from the Office for National Statistics confirm fathers’ central role in the transmission of disadvantage in the UK.

Fathers’ level of education has the biggest impact on children's educational attainment – which is itself a key factor behind poverty. 

Children are 7.5 times more likely to have a low educational outcome themselves if their father has a low level of education, compared with having a highly educated father. Read more in our blog.

What's it like being dad to a premature baby?

Wayne Little's daughter Daisy-Mae was born 15 weeks early, weighing just less than 2lb.

Wayne set up a Facebook to share the family's experiences, and has now published a book. Read his story in The Telegraph.

Dads, children and couple relationships

NatCen, the University of East Anglia and Thomas Coram Research Unit have produced a new briefing paper on Father involvement with children and couple relationships, which you can download for free from the Modern Fatherhood website.

Health teams learn how to include dads

Our one-day Creating father-inclusive health and social services course has been shown to improve knowledge and change practice among health visitors and community practitioners.

In a recent evaluation by the University of Worcester, 83% of participants said the training had given them at least three new strategies for engaging with dads. Book a course for your team

Top tips on fatherhood

What advice would you give your teenage son about fatherhood? FI's Jeremy Davies shared his thoughts in this article for Inside Man

Iranian dads and daughters

Photographer Nafise Motlaq felt that representations of gender in her home country, Iran, were too stereotyped. So she took these beautiful photos of dads and their diverse daughters.

Do you know a dad who's a good listener?

The Tavistock Centre for Couple Relationships is holding an open day on 10 November, for people interested in training as a couple counsellor or therapist. Read more on the TCCR website.

Find out more about shared parental leave

Want to know more about how shared parental leave will work? This new right will apply to eligible parents whose baby is due on or after 5 April 2015, allowing some families greater choice over how to share the earning and caring in the precious early months.

Check out our new Dads' FAQ here - and if you're an employer you can find out more about the scheme, and book onto an ACAS training course, here

Dads' new right to attend antenatal appointments

Dads now have the right to take unpaid time off work to accompany their pregnant wife or partner to up to 2 of her ante-natal appointments.

The right extends to the spouse or civil partner of the pregnant woman, or a person (of either sex) in a long term relationship with her. It applies whether the child is conceived naturally, via donor insemination, or through surrogacy. All employees, and agency workers who've been doing the same work for the same hirer for 12 weeks, are eligible. Our new Dads' FAQ explains more.

Fathers in the workplace

The Fatherhood Institute offers workplace-based seminars for dads (and mums). They're popular with staff at all levels in organisations.

Seminar topics include Raising clever children: the difference a dad makes, Fathering in the fast lane and Mommy Dearest: Avoiding the mummy-default.

Read more about our seminar range and speakers.
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