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"The council was politely told by the father over and over again that its policy was unlawful but refused to budge. We work together to focus on parenting issues and to help realise a Scotland where all parents and families are valued and supported to give children the best possible start in life. Families Need Fathers work with a range of family law professionals, including Family Law Panel.. FNF are pleased to announce a partnership with MyDaddy who … FNF Scotland works to support families where there are problems in sustaining meaningful parenting contact for children when their parents do not live together. 2 0 obj Families Need Fathers has been awarded the Help and Support for Separated Families Kite Mark which is a new UK government accreditation scheme for organisations offering help to separated families. FNFNI is chiefly concerned with the problems of maintaining a child's relationship with … You can find our survey results here. It is available to anyone - fathers, mothers, grandparents or other carers - though most of the examples have been drawn from the monthly meetings of FNF Scotland and contacts with its Edinburgh office. @o3ŏE���Uוz�D>��"m���^>ҚDD[0�����F��`����lXY�6h� �:H���-�Ǵ���X�f��!Ό��.̾Y��T���]��8� Attending Families Need Father’s Scotland meetings on a regular basis clearly highlights that there are still issues surrounding father’s involvement with their children post separation in Scotland. %�(���S��޿�l�Sh�i�F5� � Family historians often talk about "brick walls" - problems with records that bring their research to a grinding halt. Judges in Belgium say that their law change gave them a much clearer starting point. Families Need Fathers (FNF) Scotland has welcomed a report by Holyrood’s Justice Committeewhich makes a strong case for a broad review of Scots family law. Efforts to introduce shared parental leave also indicate greater expectations of fathers (Working Families, 2017) as do the various workplace initiatives springing up to help new fathers in the workplace such as Fathers Network Scotland. <> Try one of the local meetings out. Families Need Fathers Scotland welcomes the interest that the Equal Opportunities Committee has expressed in finding out more about the experience of fathers and fatherhood in Scotland. Committee questions ranged across the various aspects of the Bill including children's participation in decisions about them, parental alienation, how should children's views be obtained, parental rights and enforcement of contact orders. Key speakers are Sir James Munby and Amanda Masson. Families Need Fathers Scotland to hold first Dundee meeting. %D�S��4������[LHh�2a�K�a6�Z�4N. 3 0 obj It reads: ... "parent” includes guardian and any person who is liable to maintain or has parental responsibilities (within the meaning of section 1(3) of the Children (Scotland) Act 1995) in relation to, or has care of a child or young person;”. Family rights charity Families Need Fathers (FNF)Scotland has announced significant funding support confirmed for 2015-16 and beyond. The majority of those who contact us are fathers but approximately 20% of contacts are This will mean that the father will now be able to participate fully in his child's education in the future.'. The newsletter generated by this web site will also be transferred to a new Shared Parenting Scotland newsletter very soon. Ian Maxwell, national manager of Shared Parenting Scotland (formerly Families Need Fathers Scotland) says. Being involved with your child's learning at school is an important part of meaningful parenting. Charity registered in Scotland SC042817 . 7 were here. The new name for our charity is being launched at an event in Edinburgh on Monday 10th February from 6-9pm. The poll, by Progressive Partnership in partnership with YouGov, was released as part of the “Forgotten Fathers” initiative from Fathers4Justice (F4J) which aims to highlight the increase suicide risk amongst separated dads in Scotland. This does lead to more shared care decisions, but currently only in about 50% of court cases. Families Need Fathers Scotland will relaunch as Shared Parenting Scotland at an event in Edinburgh on 10 February. Families Need Fathers Scotland is an independent, registered Scottish charity number SC042817, If you find this site useful, please donate to support our work, Representing the father on a pro bono basis, solicitor, Fiona Rasmussen of Gibson Kerr in Edinburgh wrote to the council legal department on Monday January 20. advising that it was her client's intention to take the council's policy to judicial review. Sir James was the judge heading all the family courts in England and Wales until last year. The right to education information confirmed. We are very grateful for the pro bono assistance of Gibson Kerr to progress the case to the point of judicial review. Responding to a question from Fulton Macgregor MSP, he stated that the mention of Contact and Residence orders in the law is inaccurate and misleading. In Scotland there are meetings in Glasgow, Edinburgh, Stirling and Aberdeen. In this case the father is not named on the birth certificate. https://sharedparentingscotlandlaunch.eventbrite.ie. ��(�^���h 5G��&QFʖ�zS�c�M��8�l{��8jc�$���[|���&x6:D���A�}�=iZ�kN�O.�/Őg��������R�x�l�M�PT^��c9 Families Need Fathers seeks to obtain, for the children, the best possible blend of both parents in the lives of children; enough for the children to realise that both parents are fully involved in their lives. A parental rights and responsibilities agreement between a mother and a father is only valid if the mother has parental responsibilities and rights. The change has been driven because an increasing proportion of people who contact the organisation, which works to promote shared care where families have split up, are not fathers but grandparents, sisters, new partners, same sex parents and mothers. endobj Strategic Funding Partnership 2014/15 Scottish Government Funding: £10,000 This is a direct extract from Families Need Fathers Scotland offer of Grant letter: Families Need Fathers Scotland will work collaboratively and participate in It was great to see that the council reversed its decision so quickly when challenged. The mother and father of a child can agree that the father should have parental responsibilities and rights if they both sign and register an agreement. Each year Fathers Network Scotland asks families in Scotland about how they're doing. Menu. The session can be viewed on Parliament TV and was also covered on the BBC. Shared Parenting Scotland (formally Families Need Fathers) funding: FOI release. 4 0 obj Legally, parents should be of equal status. Representing the father on a pro bono basis, solicitor, Fiona Rasmussen of Gibson Kerr in Edinburgh wrote to the council legal department on Monday January 20th advising that it was her client's intention to take the council's policy to judicial review. Directorate: Children and Families Directorate Part of: Children and families, Money and tax, Public sector. Even without Parental Responsibilities and Parental rights under the Children (Scotland) Act 1995, a father qualifies as a “parent” because he is a person who is liable to maintain his child. Photo by Feliphe Schiarolli on UnsplashA Scottish council has backed down in its refusal to engage with a father who wanted information about his child's progress at school and to be included in events and information flow that would allow him to support his child's learning. The law requires state schools to involve them in their child’s education and the life of their child’s school.". %PDF-1.5 Families Need Fathers Scotland is an independent, registered Scottish charity number SC042817 I am a member of Families need Fathers fnf.org.UK They run monthly meetings all over the country and offer practical and professional advice from many professional people (solicitors, barristers, CAFCASS officers, and social services). In my view, the school's initial decision was plainly wrong from a legal standpoint and it was likely to have long lasting implications for this child and the father. By no means all Section 11 cases are about domestic abuse. The Bill documentation mentions the estimate that 50% involve allegations of abuse. iP���?v�a��� ��jv�y��=Q���R/�/��!�{A�2��c���?�!�:���e- �\�����Q���]�I�Y�O���wx� Although this web site will remain online until we have finished transferring all material, please go to the new web site at https://www.sharedparenting.scot/ for current news and event listings. �� Shared Parenting Scotland (formerly Families Need Fathers Scotland) is a Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation. As the Faculty of Advocates states in their submission, “This can range from serious assault and coercive control to those in which have little or no foundation but cause prejudice to an opponent.” Many of the people who are in these court hearings are worthy parents and their children deserve to see them, not be protected from them. endobj Shared Parenting Scotland (formerly Families Need Fathers Scotland) is a Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation. We have chosen not to name the council in the case because we are aware that there are a handful more across Scotland that still think they are entitled to impose their own opinions over and above the law. On the other hand if their children attend state schools fathers are entitled to receive school reports and information about their child. A transcript of the session is now avalable at this link. ���1g�9�p��X/��T�G-&��07n��@�+����Fն�4f���i� ���Z��o���6���%�%:���[+ZmC�r��dk�:�Q��[���V���@8Ii��z�'mޯH:���b��x���(�������a�����Cl����{Tg��R"rY]���(�����X>�l��H�q-~GnG�.��܀Ș���� �p�;�����{M6��mw9�D�7��m�R� They were quite insulting to him. We will hear from him about his judicial experience of change and also how the Observatory is working to improve outcomes for children and supporting research and data collection.The other main speaker is Amanda Masson, a partner at Harper Macleod LLP and Law Society of Scotland Accredited Specialist in Child Law, Family Law & Family Mediation. Our submission below is drawn from the experiences shared with us by those who have Within 24 hours the council legal department abandoned its previous position and stated it now accepts that the father has full rights to engagement with his son's learning and involvement in the life of the school community. 1 0 obj Families Need Fathers Scotland has submitted its observations to the Scottish Parliament Justice Committee consultation on the Scottish Government's draft Domestic Abuse (Scotland) Bill which aims to introduce a new domestic abuse criminal offence of 'coercive control'.. From the perspective of the individuals who ask for our help FNF Scotland gives a qualified welcome to … Parenting across Scotland is a partnership of charities which offers support to children and families in Scotland. Amanda will talk about how the concepts of “contact” and “residence” could evolve in the Children (Scotland) Bill to embrace the notion of shared care. Births, deaths and family Divorce, separation and living apart ... Not all fathers have parental responsibilities and rights. Families Need Fathers believes that children need both parents fully involved in their lives, whoever has custody of them. Parents who get a residence order mistakenly think that puts them in charge. Shared Parenting Scotland (previously Families Need Fathers) 10 Palmerston Pl Edinburgh Scotland's leading shared parenting charity bringing together parents and other family members to discuss the issues they are facing and share experience and solutions. However, I will be writing to the council in this case asking it to make it clear that their entire 'policy in all such cases' has gone and not just their decision with respect to this father. The Bill documentation mentions the estimate that 50% involve allegations of abuse. Registered office: 10 Palmerston Place, Edinburgh EH12 5AA. ", Fiona Rasmussen of Gibson Kerr says, "'I was pleased to be able to help out in this case. We will also present short filmed comments from a range of Scottish and international specialists on shared care, plus some quotes from parents and children who have made shared care work for them after separation. stream Chartered psychologist Dr Sue Whitcombe, Ian Maxwell from Shared Parenting Scotland and June Loudoun from Grandparents Apart UK gave evidence on Tuesday 14th January to the Scottish Parliament Justice as part of their Stage 1 consideration of the Children (Scotland) Bill. <>/ExtGState<>/ProcSet[/PDF/Text/ImageB/ImageC/ImageI] >>/MediaBox[ 0 0 595.32 842.04] /Contents 4 0 R/Group<>/Tabs/S/StructParents 0>> <> Region: Nationwide Address: 134 Curtain Road, London, EC2A 3AR Phone: 0207 613 5060 Help us end the cruel & degrading treatment of families by the government. Understanding Dad. They accepted that there was no issue about safety or the sincerity of his wish to support his child but told him that "it is our policy in all such cases" to refuse to recognise the the rights of a parent who does not have Parental Rights and Responsibilities. At present the starting point is usually set very low – anything from a weekly hour in a contact centre to every 2nd weekend. The father drew the council's attention repeatedly to the definition of 'parent' in terms of the 1980 Education (Scotland) Act that does not require PRR but the response was that the council saw "nothing in the 1980 Act" to change its refusal. "The council was politely told by the father over and over again that its policy was unlawful but refused to budge. The committee conducted a post legislative scrutiny of the Family Law (Scotland) Act 2006 between February and March 2016. 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