Fathers’ involvement in care proceedings

Researchers at the University of East Anglia and Lancaster University have published findings from research looking at fathers’ involvement in care proceedings in England. Findings from analysis of anonymised family court records for more than 73,000 fathers appearing in care proceedings between 2010/11 and 2017/18 and a survey of fathers in 18 local authorities include: fathers featured in 80% of care cases; significant childhood adversity, early entry to parenthood and persistent economic hardship, were key issues for fathers who experienced repeat involvement in care proceedings; and mothers and fathers involved in care proceedings invoke very different public and professional responses, with fathers often viewed solely in terms of the risks they present to women and children.

Read the news story: Building a picture of fathers in the family justice system in England
Read the report: ‘Up against it’: understanding fathers’ repeat appearance in local authority care proceedings

Source: University of East Anglia

Date: 24 March 2021