Men as Fathers in Child Protection

Brandon, Marian, Philip, Georgia and Clifton, John (2019) Men as Fathers in Child Protection. Australian Social Work, 72 (4). pp. 447-460. ISSN 0312-407X

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Abstract

When child protection professionals struggle to engage fathers and father figures, assessments may not accurately reflect the combination of resource and risk factors men present for children they care for, potentially endangering children and excluding men. In a mixed methods study in England of fathers and their perspectives on involvement in the child protection system and with their children, fathers persisted as a presence in children’s lives. Yet there was little intervention with men and expectations were low and gendered. The study positioned perceptions of fathers in the child protection system dynamically, in six ways, along a shifting continuum of risk or resource for the child. Encouragingly, most movement was towards positive change and better parenting, although some men became or remained peripheral or excluded. A model is presented to foster earlier change and better interaction between men and social workers. Effective child protection work with men can come with empathic relationship building and more routine direct contact.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Special Issue on Children and the Law: Contemporary Approaches to Children and Vulnerability, with Guest Editors Rosemary Sheehan and Clare Tilbury, and Associate Editor David Hodgson
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Social Sciences > School of Social Work
Faculty of Social Sciences > School of Psychology
Depositing User: LivePure Connector
Date Deposited: 31 Jul 2019 08:31
Last Modified: 02 Sep 2020 23:48
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/71846
DOI: 10.1080/0312407X.2019.1627469

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