The path from 16 to 19 is transformational. Young men in this age group experience huge change and relationships are only one element of the challenges they face. All this takes place in a rapidly changing digital context for which there are few route maps. Are we equipping them well enough?
THE FAMILY STABILITY NETWORK PROMOTES HEALTHY, LONG-LASTING RELATIONSHIPS BETWEEN COUPLES THAT ENABLE MORE CHILDREN TO GROW UP SAFE, SECURE AND NURTURED BY BOTH THEIR PARENTS.
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 .
The economic costs are also great, with family breakdown costing the Government an estimated £49 billion per year.
What difference will the Family Stability Network make?
Many organisations are currently involved in research, lobbying and providing practical support to promote family stability. Few, if any, are influencing culture, attitudes and behaviour.
FASTN seeks to fill this gap, using the growing influence of social media to shape the debate around relationships, equipping people to make positive choices and build fulfilling relationships that last.
Our first campaign, Status, targets those aged 16-25; future campaigns will focus on other age groups or specific life stages. The core messages at the heart of our work are:
- Healthy and stable relationships which last are good for you and for children
- You have the power to choose who you share your life with
- Decide, don’t slide – take time to think about what you want and need from a relationship to make it work at each stage of life
- A good long-lasting relationship is the start of a great adventure – work at a relationship and improve it to help it grow with you over time
Launched in 2016, Status seeks to engage young people in conversation about healthy relationships. Our research has indicated that 18-25 year olds are curious to know more about “real” relationships: what’s normal, how to connect, how to communicate and how to cope with the inevitable “ups and downs” of real relationships.
Our website and social media presences provide a platform for young people to access the support and tools they need, equipping them to decide who they share their life with.
Find out more at www.statusonline.org
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Add your voice to the movement.
The Family Stability Network is a diverse group of individuals and organisations, passionate about reversing family breakdown in the U.K. We want to partner with those who share in our vision to make stable, loving relationships an achievable goal.
You can get involved in a number of ways:
- Spread the word – follow us on social media, share our posts and help spread the message
- Contribute to the campaign – partner with us to promote your work, share your skills or services
- Chat to us – if there are other ways you would like to get involved, get in touch and let us know