Blogs and briefing papers
How can policy support fathers to be more involved in childcare? Evidence from cross-country policy comparisons and UK longitudinal household data
22 March 2017
A briefing paper was submitted to the Women and Equalities Committee ‘Fathers and the Workplace’ inquiry by Helen Norman, Colette Fagan and Mark Elliot and has now been published. This explains the employment-related barriers to fathers sharing childcare more equally with their partners, and recommends three policy changes that would better support fathers to fulfil their caregiver roles.
What make fathers involved in their children’s upbringing?
20 January 2017
A briefing by Helen Norman and Colette Fagan was published on the Working Families workflex blog, based on our analysis of the Millennium Cohort Study:
What makes dads involved in childcare?
7 February 2017
A follow up blog by Helen Norman and Colette Fagan was published by Policy@Manchester:
What should mums and dads do? Changes in attitudes towards parenting
24 March 2017
Helen Norman, Colette Fagan and Laura Watt discuss the disparity between changing attitudes about gender roles and putting them into practice.
Shared Parental Leave in the UK: is it working? Lessons from other countries
5 April 2017
On the second anniversary of Shared Parental Leave, Helen and Colette discuss why so few eligible fathers take it up
Why aren’t men doing the housework?
29 August 2017
Helen Norman and Laura Watt look at the reasons why there is such a gender imbalance with housework and what might be done to redress the balance.
Why do UK men work such long hours?
6 October 2017
Helen Norman and Colette Fagan explore why UK fathers work such long hours, and why some men are less able to access flexible working in some countries compared to others
Tackling the problem of childcare
13 December 2017
Helen Norman and Colette Fagan provide an update on recent childcare initiatives introduced by the Government
Why involving dads is good for relationships
22 January 2019, workingdads.co.uk
Helen writes about why paternal involvement in childcare is good for family relationships.
Other related blogs…
Are some fathers ignored by family friendly policies?
25 January 2018, Fathers Network Scotland
In a follow on article the one posted below, Emma Banister (Alliance Manchester Business School) and Helen Norman discuss why it is important for policy makers to include all fathers in family policy initiatives. The blog includes a video link to one of Helen’s presentations to Lloyds Banking Group hosted by Fathers Network Scotland
17 January 2018, Policy@Manchester
Emma Banister (Alliance Manchester Business School) and Helen Norman discuss why it is important for policy makers to include all fathers in family policy initiatives. This blog includes details about how to apply for a fully-funded PhD scholarship to work with them in this area – to explore how ‘fragile fathers’ navigate fatherhood, work and home life. Closing date: 31 January 2018
#BeBoldForChange: Taking stock of gender inequalities in the UK in the face of Brexit
9 March 2017
Colette Fagan, Nina Teasdale and Helen Norman take stock of the UK’s gender-related policy measures for International Women’s day 2017
Tackling the childcare crunch
24 March 2014
Read an earlier blog by Colette Fagan and Helen Norman on UK childcare published by Policy@Manchester
UK Childcare in the European Context
This briefing note discuss formal childcare in the UK, drawing on Colette and Helen’s work for the European Network of Experts on Gender Equality (ENEGE).
In the media…
Hands-on fathers ‘less likely to break up with partners’, The Guardian, 30 September 2018
The Guardian published an article reporting the findings of our analysis exploring paternal involvement and parental relationships. This was based on Norman, Elliot and Fagan (2018) Does fathers’ involvement in childcare and housework affect couples’ relationship stability?, Social Science Quarterly, Vol 99(5): 1599-1613
School of Social Sciences, University of Manchester ‘Stories’ feature, February 2018
Helen was interviewed by the media team at the University of Manchester about the project findings. In this article, she talks about what makes dads involved in their children’s care:
The ‘masculine mystique’ – why men can’t ditch the baggage of being a bloke, The Guardian, 21 November 2017
Helen was quoted by The Guardian journalist Mark Rice-Oxley in an article on men’s struggles to combine work and family following an interview about her research on fathers. Read the article here:
‘First year crucial for dads’ involvement in childcare’, Workingmums.co.uk, 14 June 2017
Helen was interviewed by Mandy Garner from workingmums.co.uk (a website that promotes best practice in flexible working and gender diversity) about how to support fathers to be more involved at home. Read a summary of the interview here
‘Parents’ working hours, far more than gender beliefs, influence how parents share care’, Child and Family Blog, 25 April 2017
Our work on what makes fathers involved in childcare was reported in the ‘Child and Family blog’ (supported by Princeton University and the University of Cambridge) on 25 April 2017. Read the blog below.