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TheDadsnet Leads The Way On Getting Baby-Changing Facilities Accessible To Dads

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Published on 01/02/2019

3 Years ago, TheDadsnet founder Al Ferguson, went undercover to expose the issues fathers face when it comes to changing their baby’s nappy when out in public.

Al found that 4 out of 5 of the biggest names on the high street did not provide accessible baby changing facilities for fathers to use. The changing facilities were all placed solely in the ladies toilets.

Al shared his findings on TheDadsnet social media channels. As a direct result, 1 high street restaurant chain; Strada, pledged to add a baby-changing unit into every men’s toilet in all of their UK branches.

But sadly this was only 1 company. Still the problem persists and now we are campaigning to make positive changes for all.

This same issue gained attention in the States recently when US based father Donte Palmer began the #squatforchange campaign.

His campaign for improved baby-changing facilities for dads in the States was supported by thousands of fathers.

And despite the law changing in the USA back in 2016 when President Barack Obama introduced a law ensuring facilities would be available in both men’s and women’s toilets, it’s still an issue in the USA just like it is here in the UK.

We do have recommended standards, but there is no legal requirement for businesses to provide baby-changing facilities.

Raymond Martin from the British Toilet Association says,

“We see more and more single dads, fathers out with their children, and we’d like to see more money from the government for facilities and better facilities. We all need baby-changing facilities and to have them isolated into a female toilet is wrong.”

The answer is simple; a small, cheap, fold up baby change table in the men’s toilets.

We recently filmed with Sky News, who were keen to highlight the issue and support the thousands of dads left with no-where clean and safe to change their baby.

TheDadsnet has already made a difference, but there is still a long way to go. And therefore, we are currently doing 2 things:

  1. We’ve started a nationwide petition asking Costa Coffee, Starbucks and Cafe Nero to install a baby changing facility into every one of their men’s toilets. We have stories & reports about coffee shops failing to have accessible facilities, so we’re starting this campaign targeting coffee shops.
  2. We’ve updated our interactive map, allowing people to celebrate the great facilities accessible to fathers and also highlight the terrible facilities that don’t.

You can support this petition by signing it and then sharing it on your social media channels. Hopefully, with your support, we can see a real change across the UK.

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