I work to develop services for children that engage all the family. The evidence backs this up but the practice is unusual.
Duncan Fisher OBE
Projects I have started: past and present
Child and Family Blog
A project for Cambridge and Princeton Universities to communicate important child and family research
Kids in the Middle
An alliance of family lawyers and mediators to provide on-line support for young people in separating families
Family Included network
An international professional network to promote family inclusive maternal and child health
Work Care Share
Very early stage start-up: a UK campaign for shareable leave entitlements
I co-founded the Institute and was CEO between 1996 and 2008.
Dad Info website
I led the launch of Dad.Info, a UK website for fathers, now being run by Family Matters Institute.
I was a co-founder of the Travel Foundation before I became a parent.
The new campaign of Kids in the Middle is up – VoicesintheMiddle.org.uk. I am really pleased with the design and the video of the young people (done at Whitchurch School in Cardiff). The campaign is calling on young people who have been through separation to tell their stories and offer advice to parents and other[…]
I have developed the next project concept: a Family Inclusion Toolkit for maternal health services globally. Partnership building and fundraising start now! The Toolkit idea is based on the work I have done over the last 15 years in the UK. It is all relevant globally because Western countries have exported a model of healthcare[…]
I had the privilege of speaking at the launch of the Women’s Equality Party’s new policies on 20 October. I had been a member of the parenting policy working group, led by Jeszemma Garrett. When Jesz was asked to present the parenting policy at the launch, she insisted it had to be presented by a[…]
After only a few months of diligent work monitoring and reporting on new research on FamilyIncluded.com and promoting it on our Facebook page to Africa (14,000 followers in a month!), the project is now featured on the World Health Organisation’s website! It has cost just £750 to get this far.
Mary Steen and I started developing the idea of the Family Included Global Alliance some months ago, in order to promote the idea that engaging with families in maternal and infant health is a good thing. Our first plan was to assemble the evidence and make the case.
The MenCare Alliance, led by the international NGO Promundo, has launched the most ambitious ever programme to support the caring role of fathers. It has published the State of the World’s Fathers report.
Quite by accident, while reviewing the latest child and family research for the Child and Family Blog, which I manage, I came across an article of extraordinary relevance to Family Included.
The first step: build an on-line community of interest – maternal health professionals and researchers
This post launches the Family Included Global Alliance project: the action starts now! We will build a website, www.FamilyIncluded.com, with an associated Facebook and Twitter account.
Mary Steen and I have been experimenting with the use of digital communications in maternity care in UK, working in partnership with the technology provider, Oracle.
A presentation in 2012 by the Centre for International Health at the Burnet Institute in Australia outlines a range of barriers against male participation in maternal and child health services.