Working with fathers
Most, but not all, of the services working with parents who have experienced recurrent care proceedings work with both mothers and fathers.
Data on fathers and recurrent care proceedings
The initial research into data to establish the prevalence of recurrent care proceedings focused on mothers, because the data sources had more reliable information about mothers. A further study has now examined the data in relation to fathers, demonstrating that fathers too experience recurrent care proceedings. These three papers draw on this research:
- Philip, G. et al. (2018). Building a picture of fathers in family justice in England.
- Bedston, S. et al. (2019). Linked lives: Gender, family relations and recurrent care proceedings in England. Children and Youth Services Review 105.
- Philip, G. et al. (2020). I Had No Hope, I Had No Help at All: Insights from a First Study of Fathers and Recurrent Care Proceedings. Societies.
- Philip, G. et al (2021). 'Up against it'. Understanding fathers' Repeat Appearance in Local Authority Care Proceedings. Research project report.
Working with fathers
The papers and practice guides below contain information about working with fathers involved with children’s social care:
- Scourfield, J. et al. (2016). Working with fathers of at-risk children: Insights from a qualitative process evaluation of an intensive group-based intervention. Children & Youth Services Review, 69 (October), 259-267.
- Brandon, M. et al. (2017). Counting Fathers In: Understanding Men’s Experiences of the Child Protection System.
- Fatherhood Institute and FRG. (2014). Engaging with men in social care: a good practice guide.
- Scourfield, J. (2018). Working with fathers in child and family services: CASCADE Research Briefing.
- Caring Dads; the group intervention for men whose children have suffered harm as a result of abuse, neglect or being exposed to domestic abuse.
‘Up Against It': Fathers and Recurrent Care Proceedings
This is a video of a session for the Community of Practice on the research into fathers and recurrent care proceedings. The presenters are Dr Georgia Philip from the University of East Anglia and Dr Lindsay Youansamouth from University of Lancaster. (Length: 41 minutes).