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Who Needs Fathers?

Episode 3: Missing Dad

Duration: 1 hour

First broadcast: on BBC Two WalesLatest broadcast: on BBC Two Northern Ireland

The third film in this unique series about the experience of parents in the Family Courts looks behind the statistic that half of all contact orders are broken.

If 93 per cent of single 'resident parents' after marriage breakdown are women, what are the long-term consequences for generations of children now growing up without a father? The effects, particularly for boys, can be far-reaching, and the concluding film in this anniversary series on the working of the Children Act follows the search of two young men to fill the gap. With the courts' current focus on mothers' welfare, sometimes at the expense of fathers' continued contact with their kids, are the parents to blame? Or is family law failing fathers, and the Children Act failing our children? Show less


Executive Producer:
Ros Franey

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