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By Brigid Daniel, Julie Taylor

Fathers are frequently marginalised or neglected in baby security perform. This displays an uncertainty inside of society as a complete concerning the position of fathers of their kid's lives. attractive with Fathers is a consultant for social employees and wellbeing and fitness viewers on find out how to increase their perform to incorporate fathers and stepfathers, even if their behaviour is abusive or troublesome. The authors' method is predicated on theoretical research and explores attachment thought, feminism, anti-discriminatory perform and nursing ideology as they've got encouraged social paintings. From this they supply feedback on the best way to investigate the aptitude hazards and the capability resources fathers may possibly provide, and confident examples of what should be performed in baby care and health and wellbeing traveling, drawn from actual perform. They set out a theoretical framework that takes account of the truth of the events practitioners face, draw up a version for intervention, and display the results for perform. attractive with Fathers is written for the busy specialist and avoids jargon. each one bankruptcy includes summaries of the details, examples of analysis, routines, key matters to contemplate and proposals for extra studying. whereas constructing perform with fathers, it continues to be firmly occupied with what's top for kids.

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Despite attempts to resuscitate this with the emergence of ‘new men’, most men remain ‘old’. Contained within the debate surrounding lone parents is an inherent accusation that women cannot be ‘good’ mothers unless there is also a father in the household. Alternatively, is it possible for men to be fathers without there also being a mother? This discourse could include ideas of role modelling, playing or taking a turn in changing or washing nappies. It could also contain expectations for training sons for their own future role as fathers or daughters as mothers.

George has one half-sibling, Brian’s child. All the professionals involved believed Brian to be George’s father. As George entered adolescence there were many tensions within the household and arguments centred on George and his behaviour. He and his mother, Kay, had violent physical fights which Brian tried, with little success, to defuse. Kay and Brian had a reasonably good relationship, although Kay accused him of being too soft on George. When George was 13 he found out that Frank, not Brian, was his father.

A minority of the fathers had used the child health clinics and had generally found them welcoming. Some men also explained how health visitors had involved them in addressing family health issues (for example, post-natal depression). However, many men expressed concerns about their exclusion from health-visiting assessment and care delivery and also concerns that their health as men was rarely addressed by the health visitors they encountered. Williams found evidence that men’s identities as men may also limit their ability to access services.

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