The Family Stability Network (FASTN) is a community of individuals and organisations committed to reversing family breakdown in the U.K. We are passionate about changing attitudes and behaviour, equipping people to build healthy, fulfilling relationships that last – for the benefit of this generation and the next.
FASTN is working with organisations across the U.K to develop new ways of promoting the benefits of long-term, stable, relationships, enabling more children to grow up safe, secure, and nurtured by both parents.
Why is family stability a concern?
Stable family relationships are the foundation of strong societies, shaping our physical, emotional and psychological wellbeing . Yet today, one in two children will grow up without both parents, with an additional 20,000 parents raising children alone every year. Although these trends are nationwide, they are most notable in our poorest communities, where the number of young people affected by family breakdown rises to two thirds .
The social costs are significant. Children affected by family breakdown are 50% more likely to perform poorly at school, are more at risk of poor mental health, and are less able to form meaningful friendships. Adults’ mental and physical health is also negatively impacted, in turn affecting their ability to achieve at work and parent effectively .