Chris Miezitis (UNDERSTANDING DAD PROGRAMME LEAD) …. A dad to young twins, Chris has for the past 20 years worked on equalities and inclusion in a wide variety of settings including community learning & development, adult mental health, NHS health improvement, training development and funding management. Having spent time with the Early Years Team in Fife Council as part of the Family Nurture Approach, he initiated and led Fife’s Improving Father’s Engagement Partnership, bringing together colleagues from Fife Health & Social Care Partnership, Fife Council and the Third Sector. Together they developed the “Where’s Dad?” training workshop, now evolved into the new “Understanding Dad” workforce development programme which Chris delivers for FNS.
Father’s Network Scotland
We work with a wide range of organisations to help them support dads. You might be a service provider striving to be more father-friendly and inclusive, an employer exploring family-friendly working practices, or a policy-maker seeking consultation on parenting practices for dads as well as mums. In all cases, we help find the win-win.
We offer a range of services including training, consultancy, events, research and media work. We’ve co-produced manuals for dads-to-be, given evidence to the equal opportunities committee of the Scottish Parliament, and in 2016 we’re organising Year of the Dad – a nationwide celebration of fatherhood and the importance of fathers in child development and parenting. Help yourself to our resources, information and support and FNS research, or browse the FNS Directory and events listings.
Our friends and partners are as crucial in this endeavour as they have been from the very beginning of our organisational life. Inclusivity is key. We support mums as well as all dads (step-dads, gay dads, adoptive dads, kinship dads and of course grandads!) and prefer to focus less on fathers’ “rights” and more on children’s needs.
Together we believe that by welcoming and actively encouraging fathers to play their nurturing role, we are unlocking a vital asset in the health and wellbeing of our families, our communities and our society as a whole.