Dads Make a Difference: Fathers And Family Health

Fathers are doing more when it comes to the health of their kids than is often realised. With the right policies and services, they could do even more.

Do dads matter in their childrens' health?

The evidence here is overwhelmingly yes. What men do affects their children’s health whether they want it to or not, even before birth (and that doesn’t just apply to activities directly related to healthcare.)

The trouble is that many including policy-makers, professionals and commissioners assume the role is almost entirely mum's. It isn't. Dads may do more than you think. And, in some areas that are vital to health, the contribution is at least as important as mum’s. 

The Men's Health Forum report Dads Make a Difference brings together the limited research with new survey evidence and case studies to make key recommendations to policy-makers, commissioners and providers designed to make it easier for men to do what they already do and enable and encourage them to do more.

I have really appreciated being able to have a much more hands-on role in the upbringing of my children than just being the money earner. My wife works part time so it takes a lot of juggling to use annual leave days or flexi time to allow my wife to work.

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The Men’s Health Forum need your support

It’s tough for men to ask for help but if you don’t ask when you need it, things generally only get worse. Especially during a major pandemic like Covid-19. So we’re asking.

Men appear more likely to get Covid-19 and far, far more likely to die from it. The Men's Health Forum are working hard pushing for more action on this from government, from health professionals and from all of us. Why are men more affected and what can we do about it? We need the data. We need the research. We need the action. Currently we're the only UK charity doing this - please help us.

Here’s our fund-raising page - please chip in if you can.