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Do single fathers get a fair deal?

Do single dads get a fair deal or do they face particular issues which are different to women bringing up children on their own?
These are some of the questions that the Scottish Parliament's Equal Opportunities Committee will be trying to answer over the next few months.
On Saturday, the committee is launching an inquiry on the issues facing single fathers and it wants to hear from both men themselves and organisations providing support to them.


"When you're a contact dad you're just seeing your kid for these very fun things," says one single dad, preparing a cup of coffee in the kitchen of his Edinburgh home.

"But when you're a full-time dad you're dealing with getting your son up in the morning, getting him his breakfast, getting him dressed ready for school, getting him off to school.
"It's a whole different world, but it's very rewarding."
Our single father has had his son, now aged eight, living with him for 18 months and has taken parenting classes because he is keen to get it right whenever he can.

 

Full article on BBC website here >

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Written submission to House of Commons Women and Equalities Committee Inquiry on “Fathers and the Workplace”

We are submitting this evidence to this Inquiry, as we hear from and help a great deal of fathers who are either struggling to be recognised as ‘hands on’ fathers in the workplace – or as will be clear from this particular submission – are completely denied the opportunity, and thus enter unemployment reluctantly.

The issues, we believe, are a mixture of employers failing to recognise a shift in the structure of families in the modern age, as well as significant prejudice and discrimination towards fathers, who want to break away from the traditional stereotype of fathers and the workplace....

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