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'Some professionals don't see a lot of positives in young men... it's important that whoever's in this [fathers worker] role challenges that. It can be uncomfortable as it might challenge somebody on the same team... but there's a need to ask those awkward questions to move a situation forward.'

Key questions:
  • How might the gender or ethnicity of a worker impact on the success of young fathers work?
  • How can pervasive and traditional constructions of masculinity be challenged by practitioners working with young fathers?
  • Who is responsible for young fathers work? The dedicated worker or a wholeteam approach?
  • If an individual working with young fathers is male, do they also need to be a father?
  • What do the above questions mean for the recruitment of staff working with young fathers? What role might positive action play in this process?

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