Men play a very important role in children’s lives and have a great influence on the children they care for. Despite this, they can be ignored by professionals who sometimes focus almost exclusively on the quality of care children receive from their mothers and female carers.
From our analysis of these case reviews, two categories of ‘hidden’ men emerged:
- men who posed a risk to the child which resulted in them suffering harm
- men, for example estranged fathers, who were capable of protecting and nurturing the child but were overlooked by professionals.
Published: March 2015