We need to stop treating fathers like optional extras and help teen dads play a bigger part in their children’s lives, leading family charities have said today.
Are we nearly there yet, Dad? (1), a report by the Family Strategic Partnership (2), warns that a culture shift is needed in ‘mother-centred’ family services which often treat dads as invisible. Currently services across the board, from pregnancy care to housing support, are driving fathers apart from their children through a ‘culture where fathers are not valued’.
- a failure by maternity services and children’s centres to even ask about fathers (3),
- local authority housing benefit rules that prevent dads from accommodating their children (4),
- a widespread lack of basic local authority data on the numbers and profile of teen fathers (5).
The report, which has been funded by the Department for Education, cal