Written by Adrienne Burgess and Sandy Ruxton, and launched by IPPR at the first London conference on Fatherhood (May 1996), this small document catapulted fathers into the consciousness of policy-makers and family service providers, by spawning more than 200 media articles and more than 50 media appearances and by stimulating controversy and debate. It began a process (still ongoing) of soul-searching among family professionals as to how (not whether) they might start taking fathers into account, for the good of children and mothers.

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