What about my dad? Black fathers and the child protection system

Anna Gupta, Brid Featherstone

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This article explores social work practice with black fathers within the child protection and family court systems through the analysis of case studies involving black fathers whose children ‘nearly missed’ the chance to live with them. Drawing upon theories of social justice, this article explores the construction of black men as fathers and contextualises the discussion in relation to gender, race, poverty and immigration issues, as well as the current policy and legal context of child protection work in England. The article examines how beliefs and assumptions about black men can influence how they are constructed, and subsequent decision making processes. The article concludes with some suggestions for critical social work practice within a human rights and social justice framework.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)77 - 91
Number of pages15
JournalCritical and Radical Social Work
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2016


  • child protection
  • social work
  • Black fathers
  • intersectionality

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