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
The Family Initiative
Building a new international not-for-profit to promote new knowledge and innovation to improve support for families and children.
Child and Family Blog
A project for Cambridge and Princeton Universities to communicate and promote important child and family research.
Voices in the Middle
Support by young people for young people whose parents are splitting up. Funded by family lawyers and mediators.
Family Included campaign
Emerging global advocacy project to promote engagement of families in maternal and newborn healthcare.
“The science of fatherhood”: uniting the world’s leading researchers to present their work to parenting information channels.
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.
I was honoured to be invited to the annual conference of the World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action in Penang, Malaysia, last week. For the event I prepared a paper by calling researchers whose work I had featured on FamilyIncluded.com – Tran Huu Bich (Vietnam), Jennifer Abbass-Dick, Lynn Rempel and John Rempel (Canada) and asking them[…]
Finally, three years into the Voices in the Middle project, we have found a sustainable funding mechanism: at our fifth attempt. We kept going long enough to find the right path. The model has three parts: a membership for family lawyers and mediators costing just £6 or £8 of £10/month; incredibly low overheads by working[…]
The Jacobs Foundation has approved five years of continual funding for the Child and Family Blog. The site has been restructured into three themes: parenting/family, cognitive development/education and social/emotional learning. We publish two pieces a week, including full interviews with researchers once every two weeks, and shorter updates on interesting research. With help from Martin[…]
I have launched a new on-line service! For years I have believed that one way the parenting sector can give good advice about fatherhood is to tell people what the research says, given that it is so unknown and yet so illuminating. The trouble is that the editors of parenting channels don’t know the research[…]
I am going to be part of an organisation again! I have entered into partnership with old-time colleague, Martin Desborough, formerly manager of Dad.Info and now living in Dubai, and a colleague of his over there, Johan van den Heever. We are creating The Family Initiative, FamilyInitiative.org.uk, as a UK based charity with business operations[…]
At the Women Deliver conference in Copenhagen this May, attended by 5,500 people, there were constant references to fatherhood. In the opening plenary session alone there were five mentions of it. Fatherhood was present – invisibly – in another way, illustrated by this tweet during my own presentation: Great talk from @DuncanFisher on ‘collaborative breeding’.[…]
When people ask me what I do on dads and maternity, I dry up! But this little story from a visit yesterday to Bwari Hospital in Nigeria sums it all up.
The last couple of months have seen a surge in progress with the Voices in the Middle campaign of Kids in the Middle. A Youth Council has been formed and met for the first time on 4 January. The Council will take over the management of VoicesintheMiddle.org.uk – so now it is a website for[…]
Great progress this week with the international partnership to develop the Family Inclusion Toolkit and dad information services: Trinidad, Nigeria and Jordan. In Trinidad & Tobago, the lead partner is Debrah Lewis, head of the Mamatoto maternity service. Deborah is a former Vice-President of the International College of Midwives and a great advocate of engaging[…]
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[…]