Charity highlights the importance of fatherhood

The charity, Families Need Fathers, has updated its charter ahead of Father’s Day on Sunday.

The charity, which works to promote the importance of fatherhood, made changes to its charter to highlight both the fundamental principles and the social and political issues it is concerned with.

The newly-revised charter highlights five key issues:

  • No child should be denied a relationship with both parents unless there is an identifiable risk from doing so.
  • The family justice system should promote collaboration and shared parenting when couples separate.
  • Family courts should respond quickly when one parent is in breach of a child arrangements order.
  • There should be easily accessible information and support services for separated parents.
  • The importance of different family roles should be recognised within public policy.

Jerry Karlin, chairman of Families Need Fathers, said: “Our updated Charter details the key areas of improvement that we would like to see both within family law and wider society.

“This, we believe would greatly benefit separating families. The more detailed proposals set out within the Charter will provide the focus of our work.”

The charter update coincides with an international report aimed at encouraging men to become more involved as fathers.

The 288-page report, an analysis of almost 700 studies on the subject from every nation for which data is available, highlights the continuing gender disparities over childcare and other domestic duties.

It said that official measures such as paid paternity leave are vital to getting men more involved in parenting and easing burden shouldered by mothers.

Hands-on fathers also help produce happier and better-educated offspring, as well as gaining significant benefits to their own physical and mental health, the inaugural State of the World’s Fathers report argues.

Despite accounting for 40 per cent of the formal workforce globally, women still spend between two and 10 times longer than men caring for children or older people, and there is no country where men and boys share unpaid domestic and care work equally with women and girls.

“Unless men and boys participate equally in unpaid work in the home, and unless governments, employers and families expect and support this involvement, gender equality will not be achieved,” the report argues.