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2016 is the Year of the Dad

Posted in News on Monday, 11 January 2016
2016 is the Year of the Dad Do you know that 2016 is the Year of the Dad?

Fathers Network Scotland, with support from the Scottish Government and a number of other organisations, is organising the Year of the Dad.

Douglas Guest, Head of Programmes at Fathers Network Scotland, said: “Culture changes and is changing. In the 1970s dads spent an average of 15 minutes a day looking after their children during the week - today it’s three hours. What will it be in 20 years when parenthood is dominated by the millennials?

“Year of the Dad is a celebration of these changing times and the difference a great dad can make to their children’s wellbeing, confidence, health and educational attainment. 

“Throughout 2016 and beyond, we are issuing a rallying call to services and employers to support dads, embrace family-friendly inclusive practice, and reflect the importance of fathers in child development.

“Research overwhelmingly shows that children, families and society as a whole benefit from the positive involvement of fathers – and Year of the Dad was created to help bring about a step-change in the way we think about fathers.”

The Year of the Dad will be officially launched on Sunday 24 January and Fathers Network Scotland are running a research conference, ‘Who Loves you Daddy?', on 12 February at Edinburgh University in collaboration with the Centre for Families and Relationships. More details on this are available on the Fathers Network Scotland website. 

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