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Working with fathers. Mary Ryan. (Pp 120, Paperback, £14.95) Oxford: Radcliffe Medical Press, 2000. ISBN 1857754875.
In 1995, the Department of Health publishedChild Protection: Messages from Researchwhich summarised the findings from 20 research studies commissioned following 1987 Cleveland enquiry. Not all of the findings found their way into print. This small book, which will be principally of interest to professionals working in the field of social paediatrics, summarises what research studies have to say about fathers and the professional response to them.
The evidence from these studies, which are all based on working with children in need and children in the child protection system, shows that professionals focus mainly on mothers. This is partly because professionals do not attempt to find out about or engage with fathers and partly because …
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