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A systemic approach to improving the engagement of fathers in child safeguarding

Scourfield, Jonathan Bryn ORCID:, Smail, Pat and Butler, Dan 2015. A systemic approach to improving the engagement of fathers in child safeguarding. Child Abuse Review 24 (2) , pp. 129-139. 10.1002/car.2333

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Increasing the involvement of fathers in child safeguarding is an issue which has seen relatively little practice innovation in mainstream services. This article concerns a bold attempt to improve practice in this domain through a systemic approach. Key findings are presented from an evaluation of a Fatherhood Institute project in six English local authorities. The intervention was positively received and the self-efficacy of children's services staff improved on most measures as a result of training. However, not all planned aspects of the project could be implemented. The article reflects on the challenge of achieving practice change in these areas – both child safeguarding and engaging fathers – where established practices are deep-rooted. There is also reflection on the challenge of public service innovation in a context of austerity.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Social Sciences (Includes Criminology and Education)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell
ISSN: 0952-9136
Funders: Fatherhood Institute
Date of Acceptance: 4 March 2014
Last Modified: 06 Nov 2023 18:18

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