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Social Work with Fathers: Positive Practice

Gary Clapton

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Format:
Paperback
ISBN:
9781780460086
Published:
18 Apr 2013
Publisher:
Dunedin Academic Press
Dimensions:
128 pages - 138 x 216 x 8mm
Series:
Policy and Practice in Health and Social Care
The majority of fathers, father-substitutes and father figures wish to do well by their children. However, as a number of high profile cases testify, fathers often feel that they receive poor treatment at the hands of the social care system. Recent research points to the value of involved parenting by fathers while government policy initiatives, such as the Gender Equality Duty in Scotland, have attempted to stress the importance of involving fathers in their child care.

Gary Clapton proposes a father sensitive, father aware social work practice and suggests that that any social care system that adopts a default position that child care is the responsibility of women alone is hampered by its failure to acknowledge the positive potential of fathers. The arguments advanced in this book concentrate on children and family practice but do not neglect the importance of fatherhood in social work with vulnerable adults, fathers as carers, or in the criminal justice system.

Social Work with Fathers will assist those working within social care and children's services, students of social care and social work and policy makers.
Series Editors' Introduction; Acknowledgements; List of Abbreviations; Introduction. 1. Defining Fathers, Fathering and Fatherhood(s); 2. At Odds with the Evidence: The Benefits of Positive Father Involvement… and Social Work Practice and Policymakers; 3. Reaching and Engaging Fathers; 4. Working with Fathers; 5. Assessing and Working with Risk with Fathers; 6. Positive Agency and Teaching Practice with Fathers; 7. For Fathers' Workers.Some Last words; References; Index.
Gary Clapton is Senior Lecturer in Social Work at the University of Edinburgh.

'The book explores topics such as maleness and being able to express a view from a male perspective. Each of chapters dovetails nicely into the one following. At times, case studies are used to exemplify points and throughout, the reader is signposted to key research. The book is a journey that begins with thoughts around finding fathers and ends with practice advice for workers. At just over 100 pages this volume is very accessible and easy to read. The introduction considers the importance of parenting to men and that fathers are important to their children. It promotes the idea of father inclusive practice, suggesting that fathers have been overlooked in the past by professionals. Shifts have occurred in the way fatherhood is thought of—the new father is involved in active participation with his children.
In conclusion, this book should encourage practitioners to engage more proactively in working with fathers. Social work agencies should consider how they can become father friendly and promote the idea that fathers are central in the lives of their children.'
Journal of Social Work

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