MSPs to Look Into Shared Parenting

13 February 2018 Written by Family Law Caithness Category: News

A cross-party group has been set up in the Scottish Parliament to investigate the concept of shared parenting

Its objectives are to:

  • identify, examine and promote policy and practice that supports parents in sharing parenting responsibilities,
  • consider how gender stereotypes can be tackled in the pursuit of a better understanding of what we need to do to ensure the best possible childhood and most promising adult life for Scotland's children, and
  • provide a forum for MSPs, stakeholders and other interested parties to engage directly in dialogue to inform policy developments and practice that impact on parents’ sharing responsibilities for the role and support networking on this topic.

Secretariat services for the group will be provided by charity Families Need Fathers Scotland. Conveners for the group are MSPs Ivan McKee, Gillian Martin and Adam Tomkins.

“Where both parents are involved in their children’s upbringing, there is clear evidence this benefits those children’s educational and social development,” explained Ivan McKee. “So it follows, shared parenting is a key mechanism for closing the attainment gap and tackling inequalities.”

“On the other hand, traditional gender assumptions about who is most appropriate to do what in child raising, influences children’s perceptions from their earliest years and impacts on their career choices and economic opportunities,” he added. “This CPG on Shared Parenting will identify, examine and promote policy and practice that supports both parents in sharing parenting responsibilities and will tackle gender stereotypes head on, in the pursuit of a better understanding of what we need to do to ensure the best possible childhood and most promising adult life for Scotland's children.”

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