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This month’s articles focus on working effectively with fathers in child protection social work.
Whole family approaches are a key component of child protection social work, with the inclusion of fathers in practice decisions recognised as important, and beneficial, for children and families. However, despite growing awareness of the importance of inclusive and fair child protection social work, this may not always translate into effective practice with fathers.
Two articles this month explore fathers’ experiences of child protection practice through qualitative interviewing methods. The first article by Philip et al reports on findings from interviews with fathers at the start of a child protection plan and 12 months later. The second article by Kiely et al explores fathers’ perceptions and experiences of supervised child-parent contact, as well as the perspectives of supervisors and other key stakeholders. Both papers highlight the need for a gender-sensitive approach in child welfare practices, as well as reminding us of the importance of gaining fathers’ perspectives in order to ensure those practices are inclusive and fair.
The third article by Laird et al uses a case file audit and family interviews to examine to what degree a programme of systemic family practice was integrated into child protection social work. The final article by Nygren et al explores the extent to which child welfare social workers include fathers in practice decisions, when presented with a case vignette. The findings from both papers highlight the tendency towards mother-centric social work, the exclusion of fathers and others and a need for more engagement with the fluidity and complexity of families.Read more