UK: Dads Want More Child Care Responsibilities 1


“Current arrangements are heavily loaded towards mothers, and we know there is a real desire from fathers to be more involved in the day-to-day care of their young children.”

Why is it that women disproportionately take on the primary parenting role?

The short answer is that current legislation and societal norms are heavily geared towards mothers assuming primary child care.

And, according to our report on flexible working, dads aren’t happy about the lack of flexibility.

Their dissatisfaction is highlighted in Working Families’ recent report Time, Health and the Family. The charity’s publication is timely: the Children and Families Bill, which extends the right to request flexible working to all employees and introduces shared parental leave, has just become law after receiving royal assent. And the Department for Business, Innovation & Skills has announced that the extended right to request flexible working will come into force in June (it had been scheduled for April).  –

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  • David Mortimer

    A consortium of 110 world experts from 15 countries have endorsed overnights
    and shared care for children of all ages.

    The Cameron/Clegg government came into office claiming to care about
    children and fathers access to their offspring post-divorce. The process by
    which it has gone about amending child custody laws amply demonstrates the
    opposite. The coalition government has burned much midnight oil, produced
    many reports and came up with the same old thing. The fictional shared
    parenting provision to be inserted into Children Act section 1 is a
    prescription for the status quo. Moreover, the unconvincing acceptance of
    the House of Lords further revision is a national disgrace and demands

    Commentators opposed to shared residence and overnights for infants and
    toddlers have been relying on misleading interpretations of very flawed
    research to argue that young children need to spend most of their time, and
    every night, in the care of one primary parent.

    In order to clarify where social science stands on these issues, the
    attached February 2014 paper published in the prestigious peer-review
    journal Psychology, Public Policy, and Law with the endorsement of 110 of
    the world’s top authorities from 15 countries in attachment, early child
    development, and divorce, recommends that in normal circumstances,
    overnights and “shared parenting should be the norm for children of all

    The study is a major intellectual event and its importance cannot be
    overstated. The calibre of the distinguished international authorities is
    exceptional and the names and affiliations are listed in the Appendix.
    Charlie Lewis, Ph.D., Head of Department and Professor of Family and
    Developmental Psychology, Lancaster University is the United Kingdom