Frequently asked questions for fathers


We know that sometimes fathers are overlooked or excluded by local authorities who are involved with the welfare and protection of their children.

We have written these frequently asked questions to help fathers (and father figures) whose children are involved with, or require, social care services. We hope that will help you to understand your legal responsibilities and rights and the options open to you.


Children's services are involved in my child's life, what are my rights as a father?

Parental responsibility

Fathers and family support 

Fathers and contact

Fathers and child protection

Fathers and care proceedings

Fathers with a child in the care system

Fathers and adoption

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