Fathers are more involved in their children’s upbringing now than they were a few generations ago, but we know that personal, social and cultural barriers continue to exist that hinder a father’s involvement in their children’s upbringing. Policies such as shared parental leave and extensions to paternity leave have made modest advances in shifting cultural behaviour, but more work needs to be done.

Future Men is secretariat of the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Fatherhood. The APPG is a cross-party group of MPs and Peers. Its aim is to help to promote the wellbeing of children by ensuring that legal and policy frameworks keep up with the changing nature of family life, and that legislation encourages active and responsible fatherhood.

Upcoming Meetings

Theme: A talk by sociologists  on their research project, Following Young Fathers Further, a UKRI-funded study into young fatherhood during the pandemic. 

Speaker: Dr Anna Tarrant, Dr Linzi Ladlow and Dr Laura Way from the University of Lincoln

Date and time: Tuesday, 26th of October at 4pm

Location: Online Zoom meeting. To join please email fatherhoodappg@futuremen.org. You will then receive a response with a link to the Zoom meeting.

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Minutes & Papers

Minutes – 20 April 2021 

Minutes – 7 December 2020
Minutes – 29 January 2020
Minutes – 19 June 2019
Minutes – 19 November 2018
Minutes – 20 March 2018
Fathers Reading to Children article – 2019
Future Men Young Fathers Report – 2017
APPG Fathers Policy Briefing – March 2017
Including fathers in children social care presentation – 2015
Engaging Fathers in Children Social Care presentation – 2015
Involving fathers in maternity presentation – 2014

Current Officers

Andrew Gwynne (MP): Chair
Tim Loughton (MP): Vice Chair
Lord Afzal Khan (MP): Vice Chair
Sir Peter Bottomley (MP): Secretary

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