Young, single, non-residential fathers: their involvement in fatherhood

Suzanne Speak, Stuart Cameron and Rose Gilroy

This small-scale, qualitative, study draws on the testimony of young (16-24 years old) single fathers, from inner-city Newcastle-upon-Tyne.

The young men were not living with their children, but managed to maintain some involvement with them. The report outlines the concerns, perceptions and aspirations of young, single, non-residential fathers about being a father and highlights factors in their lives that help or hinder their involvement with their children. It also considers the implications for policy, especially in relation to family law, education, health, housing and social welfare.

The authors hope that a better understanding of these fathers' involvement with their children will contribute to the development of policies to ensure the best for both children and parents.