Social Work with Fathers: Positive Practice
- 18 Apr 2013
- Dunedin Academic Press
- 128 pages - 138 x 216 x 8mm
- Policy and Practice in Health and Social 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.
'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