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Research, policy and practical work with fathers in families facing challenges relating to mental and physical health, poverty and unemployment, immigration and ethnicity, imprisonment, low education and achievement, and so on.

External research » Vulnerable families
20 November 2013
The vast majority (87%) of fathers who don’t live with their children say that they continue to have contact with them and close to half (49%) say that their children stay with them on a regular basis, on weekends and during school holidays, new research has revealed. 
Blog » Vulnerable families
14 November 2013
Jeremy Davies writes: Further to David Davies MP’s comments about ‘feckless fathers’  and subsequent media coverage (for example this Guardian article by Ally Fogg), here is an extract from the Fatherhood Institute’s Research Summary on Young Fathers, which we hope will help inform the debate: Contrary to common belief, many young fathers have real strengths; and the stereotype of the young buck who impregnates the neighbourhood is largely an urban myth: the single most powerful predictor of adolescent fatherhood is being involved in a long-term relationship with the baby’s mother (Hanson et al, 1989). 
Practice » Vulnerable families
11 October 2013
Safeguarding work has been in the headlines again because of recent tragic cases, including those of Peter Connelly, Hamza Khan and Daniel Pelka. 
Practice » Vulnerable families
Blog » Vulnerable families
3 October 2013
Jeremy Davies writes: Today, on a train, I met an inspirational social worker. Like so many, she clearly cared deeply about the families she helped. 
FI research » Vulnerable families
Practice » Vulnerable families
23 July 2013
Young fathers (aged 16-24) are some of the most invisible, marginalised and vulnerable parents in the UK. Many – though by no means all – have grown up in difficult circumstances, are on low incomes or benefits, have few academic qualifications and relatively poor career prospects. 
FI research » Vulnerable families
22 July 2013
‘For too long, our culture has treated boys who become fathers . . . as detached misfits who are the architects of many of our nation’s problems, rather than seeing these youth for who they really are: young men trying to navigate a complex array of difficult life circumstances that place them at a tremendous disadvantage’ (Kiselica, 2008).