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Violent fathering and the risks to childrenThe need for change$
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Lynne Harne

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9781847429179

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781847429179.001.0001

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Violent fathering and the risks to children

Lynne Harne

Policy Press

In recent years there has been considerable policy emphasis on the benefits of increased father involvement with children. However, these discourses have assumed that all father engagement is good for children, rather than acknowledging differences between fathers and recognising that, as with some mothers, there are those who pose considerable risks to children's safety and their long-term development and welfare. Despite legislation that recognises that child maltreatment includes observing harm towards others, there has been a strange silence in government policies in identifying and naming such fathers as abusers or in questioning their parenting. The aim of this book is therefore to look at the harmful impacts of domestically violent fathering in heterosexual relationships and underline the urgent need for changes in policy and practice to improve the safety and wellbeing of the children concerned.

Keywords:   fathers, children's safety, child maltreatment, abusers, government policies

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