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 Alliance
An international professional peer 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.
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.
One of our foundations is evidence and so we have started by assembling some. Making the evidence easily available on-line will be one of the future activities, so that anyone anywhere in the world can access it to make the case to local stakeholders.
I have been working for 10 years with Professor Mary Steen on engaging with fathers in maternity services in the UK. Our work was summed up in the Royal College of Midwives guidance, Reaching Out: involving fathers in maternity care.
My last blog – over a year ago! – was about the approach I take to start-ups. I am just now embarking on the most ambitious start-up of my career and I am going to lay out the whole process in my blog.
Funding a start-up is my number one frustration. It is particularly difficult because in the early stages, when things are still in a formative stage, it is not clear what one needs funding for!