Addressing Fatherlessness: a Fatherhood Institute policy briefing

8 October 2012

Fatherlessness is a key problem facing British society. In this paper we outline why it matters, and set out they key policy changes through which Governments could tackle it.

Download Addressing Fatherlessness here.

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  • Sean says:

    The whole thing is a joke I live with my wife and my 4 boys I have a boy now 9 with my ex I went through court for over 3 years to find out my sons stepdad abused his 2 kids and they was took in to care I got to to see my boy in contect place about 5 times and than I found out he has also been subject to watching his mum and stepdad fighting this is all seen as ok by social services and family court . I than was given a contect order by the court got to see my son for about 5 weeks and the order was broken because I rang social services .pictures of my son in dirty cloths and looking like he was homeless they done nothing so I was to take it back to court legal aid landed me with a bill for 30 grand I lost the plot went to were my son was livening with a child abuser and posted his convections out I got nicked took to crown court and now on probashion for 12 months my son stepdad and ex got move from fulham to Kent some were cause I was a danger to the stepdad the law is a joke he can stand in court and say he is not a schedule 1 offender but he is now classed as a danger to children so please forgive me as I am sick of hearing that absent fathers don’t do enough how can you win when courts see it ok to protect a man he broke his own babys arm at 6 months old and leave him for 48 hours and use excuse that it was because he was taking crack with border line disorder good luck to any 1 that fight to see a child and wins

    • Fatherhood Institute says:

      Thanks for your posting. Your story sounds horrendous. We can’t comment on individual cases, but one thing your story highlights very clearly is the importance of public services taking fathers and father-figures (including stepfathers) seriously – as a potential resource and also as a potential risk. That includes listening to and investigated concerns highlighted by fathers who may not live with their children full-time, but in most if not all cases have their children’s best interests at heart.

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