Duncan Fisher, director ...
What is the project and when will it start?
The project will start in January and will examine how mainstream services help non-resident parents facilitate their involvement with children.
It aims to understand the needs of children and parents in different types of separated families. The project will be implemented by the Policy Research Bureau and administered by Fathers Direct. It will explore how services are meeting needs and make recommendations for how policy and practice can support non-resident parents to improve their children's educational achievements, social skills and mental health.
Do you need further funding to set up the project? No. Our funding needs were catered for by the fund, which was the only grant-giving organisation we approached.
Is this your first grant from the Big Lottery Fund? Yes, although Fathers Direct did make unsuccessful bids to the Community Fund and the New Opportunities Fund.
Why do you think Fathers Direct has been funded now? Thanks to recent media interest, there is a clearer understanding that children need better support in their relationships with non-resident parents.
Was the application a simple process?
Yes. It took six months from applying to receiving the funds. We are delighted at how receptive the fund has been in developing understanding in this field and we hope it will support innovation in practice that may develop from the research.
- See Newsmaker, p14.