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Sometimes fathers can be overlooked or excluded from decisions made about their children. The aim of this page is to help fathers understand their legal rights and responsibilities.  And to know the options available if they need support. Fathers may want to start by looking at our Children’s services page. This shares helpful information about what children’s services do and how they should work.

Partnership working and parental responsibility

Children’s services have responsibility for supporting children and families. And for keeping vulnerable children safe. Children’s services should work in partnership with children and their families to do this. This includes parents. Government statutory guidance called Working Together 2018, makes this clear (see page 9 at paragraph 11). Parents includes all birth fathers who have parental responsibility and birth fathers who do not.

Five big topics: contact, child protection, care proceedings, the care system, adoption

Click on the blocks below for more information and advice for fathers on five important topics:

Where fathers can get further help and support

Dad Info

Provides a range of helpful, practical, entertaining resources and content for fathers.

Website: https://www.dad.info/

The Fatherhood Institute

Provides the UK information centre on fatherhood through newsletters, training information, policy updates, research summaries and guides.

Email: mail@fatherhoodinstitute.org
Website: http://www.fatherhoodinstitute.org/

Families Need Fathers

Provides information and support to parents and carers of either sex. Is chiefly concerned with maintaining a child’s relationship with both parents following family breakdown.

Helpline: 0300 0300 363 (Open Monday – Friday 6pm – 10pm)
Email: fnf@fnf.org.uk
Website: https://fnf.org.uk/

Future Men


Offers a range of services for lone parent families throughout England and Wales: a telephone helpline, membership, training and learning opportunities, free publications, and campaigning work.

Helpline: 0808 802 0925
(Open Mondays: 10am – 6pm, Tuesday/Thursdays/Fridays-10am – 4pm, Wednesdays: 10am-1pm and 5pm – 7pm.)


Provides confidential helpline services for domestic abuse perpetrators, those supporting them and for male victims of domestic abuse.

Respect Phoneline: 0845 122 8609 (Monday – Friday 10am-1pm and 2pm -5pm)
Website: https://www.respect.uk.net/

Respect Phoneline

Works with domestic violence perpetrators, male victims, and young people. Respect runs a helpline for men and women who are harming their partners.

Website: https://respectphoneline.org.uk/
Freephone: 0808 801 0327

They also run a Men’s Advice Line which provides advice and support to men experiencing domestic abuse and those supporting them.

Freephone: 0808 8010327
Email: info@mensadviceline.org.uk

For more information see our advice pages on:

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