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Strengthening families after separation
The FNF will develop online resources to ensure that any parent in distress as a result of a disagreement over their children knows what to do. This will ensure that a crisis does not escalate and that rational and child-centred solutions are found to difficult situations.
It is ongoing
Charity information: Families Need Fathers – because both parents matter
When a parent is faced with loss of contact with their children they can become very desperate. It is often the case that they can no longer see a way forward. Many parents (usually fathers) who are denied contact may also decide that they have no choice but to walk away from their children as the barriers to seeing them are too high. These children consequently find themselves at great disadvantage, whether socially, educationally, financially or emotionally.
Where conflict is minimised and contact with both parents is maintained after separation, the outcomes for children are greatly improved. Father involvement is also known to place children at reduced risk and improve their social, emotional, and educational attainment as well as improve their relationships on a wider level. FNF therefore works with the parent without care, as well as the wider family to ensure that a child can maintain a relationship with both parents after separation.
To help parents in crisis find a way forward to maintaining their relationship with their children.
Activities» Online support - Easily accessible information in a range of digital forms for download.
» 30 branches nationwide where individuals can get ongoing emotional and practical support as well as with their legal cases.
» Workshops to train volunteers in how to deal with individuals in crisis situations.
» A helpline staffed by volunteers who are able to provide support and information to those needing help.
What success will look like
Success will be measured by individuals being able to access relevant information, and being encouraged to work at the parental relationship for the sake of the children.
As a result of improved digital content, more parents will maintain a relationship with their children after separation, and children will benefit from the continued involvement of both their parents. This will result in stronger family and emotional relationships and will improve the outcomes in life for those children involved .
Success will be measured by more people using the our online support services and providing positive feedback.
Recruiting and retaining volunteers for developing online services. Many volunteers are subjected to emotionally draining experiences on an ongoing basis, many soon suffer from burn-out. This is something we understand, which means that the process of recruiting and training needs to happen on a continuous basis.
We have also introduced questions for prospective volunteers to give a better indication of their ability to provide sustained commitmenmt to complete projects they are involved with.
We will provide newsletters updating funders and others of the progress being made in developing digital services.
Budget - Project Cost: £15,000Loading graph....
Amount Heading Description £7,500 Project coordination Staff and employment costs £5,000 Video content Creation of downloadable video content £2,500 Infographics Creation of visual communication
As separation affects people from all walks of life, the helpline serves people throughout the UK.
Volunteers can work from home in preparing content for our service users. We have created shared directories where their contributions can be deposited, shared and edited. The co-ordination will be from our London national office.
Each year around 300,000 parental couples separate – over one hundred children a day lose contact with their father. It is known that where separation goes badly and where children are drawn into parental conflict, or suffer the loss of a loved parent, then the effects can be profoundly damaging for children. In order to counteract this, FNF seeks to support separating and separated parents achieve non-adverserial, child-centred outcomes, and help them maintain constructive relationships.
Families Need Fathers is the only organisation of it kind. Not only do we provide emotional, practical and legal support, but we also campaign for change, and have strong relationships at government level that enable us to represent the views of our beneficiaries. Leading agencies such as NSPCC, Citizens Advice Bureaus and CSA refer individuals to us for our specialist support which are provided by people who have had direct experience of the problems faced by non-resident parents.
Read more about the Charity running this project.
Michael has been with FNF for approximately 8 years as a volunteer and member of staff. He has been coordinating volunteer support.
Jerry has been co-ordinating volunteer services to FNF for several years and has oversight of all FNF projects as Managing Trustee.
The FNF helpline gives Dads the support they need to carry on doing what is best for their kids, and not give up hope.