Working with fathers

Brid Featherstone

in Contemporary fathering

Published by Policy Press

Published in print April 2009 | ISBN: 9781861349880
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447301974 | DOI:
Working with fathers

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This chapter presents findings from a small piece of research into a neglected area: fathers and social-care services, particularly where there are concerns about the abuse of children. An interesting finding was that women wanted services to engage fathers, although family situations were often complex in relation to who or where the father was, and much more research is required in this area. It would appear that practitioners might not be equipped to deal with the complexities of the relationships they encounter. Many of the men who responded to the research reported considerable anxiety about how much power the mothers of their children had and little belief that services were interested in their needs. Those who had involvement with social workers reported an unreliable and inconsistent service.

Keywords: fathers; social-care services; child abuse; mothers; children

Chapter.  7797 words. 

Subjects: Comparative and Historical Sociology

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