Working with men

A common theme in serious case reviews is that in many assessments the men that are in the household are missed, either through not wanting to engage or not being there when the professionals visit. This page looks at how we can engage with men when completing assessments and in ongoing work.

Serious case reviews repeatedly find that although men around a child who died had posed a risk, this had not been identified or acted upon; and that men who could have been a resource often had information which agencies would have found helpful in understanding the child's situation, if only they had been in touch or had been listened to

Brandon (2011) It's crucial we fully understand the full family dynamic. Men play a significant role in children's lives, but very often they have not been seen.