Understanding men’s perspectives on encounters with the child protection system

This project will investigate the encounter between the child’s birth father, or mother’s current male partner, and the child protection system following a child protection plan.  Findings will inform practitioners’ understanding of men’s experiences to aid safer, more inclusive practice.

Research indicates that professionals in child protection planning rarely engage men. Consequently, assessments may not accurately reflect men as either a risk or a resource for children they care for, potentially endangering children and excluding men. To date, this problem has been investigated mostly from the viewpoint of professionals rather than men. Focusing primarily on the men’s perspective, this study investigates the encounter between the child’s birth father, or mother’s current male partner, and the child protection system following a child protection plan.

Project details

Researcher

Professor Marian Brandon, School of Social Work, University of East Anglia

Funding Programme

Law in Society

Grant amount and duration

£191,544

Nov 14 - Apr 17