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What about the fathers? The presence and absence of the father in social work practice in England, Ireland, Norway, and Sweden: A comparative study
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Work.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-5339-0872
University of Sheffield, UK.
University of Stavanger, Norway.
University College Cork, Ireland.
2019 (English)In: Child & Family Social Work, ISSN 1356-7500, E-ISSN 1365-2206, Vol. 24, no 1, p. 148-155Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Within northern Europe, gendered roles and responsibilities within the family have been challenged through an emergence of different family forms, increasing cultural diversity, and through progressive developments in welfare policies. To varying degrees, welfare policies in different EU countries support a dual-earner model and encourage men to be more active as fathers by reinforcing statutory rights and responsibilities. In child welfare practice, there has traditionally been a strong emphasis on women as mothers being primary carers for the children, while fathers are less active or absence carers. This paper explores, in four national welfare contexts, how child welfare social workers include fathers in practice decisions. Data was collected using focus group interviews with social workers from England, Ireland, Norway and Sweden. Similarities and differences emerge in relation to services and the focus of social work assessments. However, overall, the research suggests that despite gains in policy and legislation that promote gender equality, fathers remain largely absent in child welfare practice decisions about the parenting of their children. From the research, we raise questions for social work practice and the development of welfare policies. 

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John Wiley & Sons, 2019. Vol. 24, no 1, p. 148-155
Keywords [en]
family policy, welfare regime, child welfare, fathers, comparative research
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Social Work
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-152344DOI: 10.1111/cfs.12592OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-152344DiVA, id: diva2:1253002
Available from: 2018-10-03 Created: 2018-10-03 Last updated: 2019-02-08Bibliographically approved

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