Annual Fatherhood Survey 2016

Topic Selected: Families and Parenting

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An extract from a report by The Centre for Social Justice.

The dad gap

This year The Centre for Social Justice has teamed up with public opinion platform, Bheard.com, to conduct a ‘Survey of Fatherhood’ in the UK. Our exclusive opinion poll conducted by YouGov identifies an alarming ‘Dad Gap’ in the UK:

  • Attendance at parenting and antenatal classes is increasingly a middle class preserve; low-income fathers are half as likely to go to  parenting and antenatal classes as higher income fathers: 71% vs 31%.
  • The good news for government is that 87% of low-income fathers found parenting and antenatal classes useful, compared to 65% of higher income fathers.
  • More needs to be done to help fathers before the birth of their first child; 72% of higher income fathers felt prepared for becoming a father for the first time compared to only 60% of lower income fathers saying they felt prepared.
  • When asked wheth

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