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Introduction

Lynne Harne

in Violent fathering and the risks to children

Published by Policy Press

Published in print May 2011 | ISBN: 9781847429179
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447304180 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781847429179.003.0001
Introduction

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In recent years there has been considerable policy emphasis on the benefits of increased father involvement with children. However, these discourses have assumed that all father engagement is good for children, rather than acknowledging differences between fathers and recognising that, as with some mothers, there are those who pose considerable risks to children's safety and their long-term development and welfare. Despite legislation that recognises that child maltreatment includes observing harm towards others, there has been a strange silence in government policies in identifying and naming such fathers as abusers or in questioning their parenting. The aim of this book is therefore to look at the harmful impacts of domestically violent fathering in heterosexual relationships and underline the urgent need for changes in policy and practice to improve the safety and wellbeing of the children concerned.

Keywords: fathers; children's safety; child maltreatment; abusers; government policies

Chapter.  3095 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Marriage and the Family

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