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Committee considers marginalisation of fathers 23/05/2014 The Scottish Parliament’s Equal Opportunities Committee has published a report on Fathers and Parenting, challenging the presumption that ‘parent’ means mother.

Committee considers marginalisation of fathers

The Scottish Parliament’s Equal Opportunities Committee has published a report on Fathers and Parenting, challenging the presumption that ‘parent’ means mother.

“We heard from so many fathers who wanted to take an active part in their children’s lives but who felt marginalised by society right at the start of their role in being discouraged from attending pre and post-natal classes and support groups. Yet, we know that by engaging fathers early, they stay involved with their child, even if the parents separate,” said Equal Opportunities Committee Convener Margaret McCulloch MSP.

“Equally, we were not surprised to hear that the same childcare and flexible working issues keeping women from actively participating in the workplace, also keep fathers from parenting,” she warned. “We are concerned by this imbalance in parental leave and access to flexible working for fathers. These issues must be addressed if we are to improve outcomes for children and parents right across Scotland.”

The Committee argues that more should be done to actively include fathers, and has called on the Scottish Government to do so.

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