Despite increasing recognition of the role of fathers in the lives of their children, home visitors and child protection workers usually perceive men to be the source of problems and do not include them in their interventions with vulnerable children. Social work tends to marginalize fathers and avoid assessing their risks or benefits to the family. This book outlines theoretical justifications for the engagement of fathers in child protection work and suggests relevant practice strategies. Important concepts from attachment theory, feminist theory, and nursing theory are highlighted. The text emphasizes the importance of considering the health and safety of the child and his or her mother when planning for father involvement. The final chapter presents a framework for child protection practice that addresses the cultural, legal, and economic issues of the family; the various roles that fathers can play; the needs of the child; how parents can be supported to meet the needs of the child; and the assessment of risks and benefits of fathers and father figures. Numerous references, 12 figures, 6 tables.
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