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Ferguson, Harry (2016) – Patterns of Engagement and Non-engagement of Young Fathers in Early Intervention and Safeguarding Work

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This article is based on research into early intervention and safeguarding work with young fathers. It draws on a study of the Family Nurse Partnership (FNP), a home visitation service in the UK that is offered to vulnerable teenage mothers. The research investigated whether and how such early intervention work was done with the fathers of these babies. Three broad patterns of engagement emerged from the research: (1) where fathers were fully engaged with the service straightaway and the relationship with the family nurse deepened over time; (2) where fathers were partially engaged with the service; and (3) where fathers were resentful at the outset and never stopped being resistant and sometimes hostile towards intervention. Within these broad patterns several nuanced aspects of professional-father relationships are identified, which are the product of the interaction of several factors. Some general implications for early intervention and safeguarding work with fathers and their babies are drawn out.


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Ferguson, Harry2016. “Patterns of Engagement and Non-engagement of Young Fathers in Early Intervention and Safeguarding Work.” Social Policy and Society 15(1):99–111. doi:10.1017/S1474746415000573.

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