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The Myth of Invisible Men – New Report from National Panel

Category: Children

National report on looking at serious incidents in which men physical abuse babies

The third report from the National Safeguarding Practice Review Panel looks at serious incidents in which men are the perpetrators of physical abuse towards babies.  Although these men include male carers and step-fathers it is predominantly the birth father who has been suspected or known to have seriously harmed or killed an infant child. However, despite evidence suggesting some men are very dangerous, service design and practice tends to render fathers invisible and generally ‘out of sight’.

In the majority of cases where babies have been injured or killed, men are the perpetrators but services do not maximise opportunities to identify and respond to the vulnerabilities and risks that some men can present.  Professionals such as midwives, social workers and health visitors are being asked to provide more  support for men.  Click here HERE. to read the full report.