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Study published on how local authorities work with domestically abusive fathers

Family Rights Group calls for greater risk assessment of abusive fathers

The Charity Family Rights Group has published findings from the first research study in the UK which specifically examines how social workers work with fathers who are domestically abusive. The two year research report is entitled 'Working with Risky Fathers - Fathers Matter volume 3: Research findings on working with domestically abusive fathers and their involvement with children's social care services'. The report concludes that there are significant lessons that all local authorities, social workers and senior managers and Government need to learn: 

The audit of 70 case files in three authorities found that: 

Cathy Ashley, Chief Executive of Family Rights Group, said:

"This pioneering research highlights that too often Children's Services are neither assessing fathers as a risk or a resource to their children. The research on domestically abusive fathers found that although most did not live with the children's mother, many had contact with their children (sometimes at the children's instigation).  Yet these fathers weren't routinely undergoing a parenting assessment or being offered services designed to confront their behaviour. It is critical that the government invests in effective perpetrator programmes, and that we see a shift in the culture within children's services to working directly with fathers, including those that may be a risk."