There can be no doubt that this book has met its aim. It is an informative and highly readable book, which is full of useful ideas and practical suggestions for social work and health care professionals to draw on in their work with families. The authors bring to the book their shared experiences of nursing and social work practice. Unusually, they also introduce practice examples, this makes for a rich text, combining the depth of a single-authored text with the wider coverage of an edited collection.
The particular value of this book to readers lies in the discussion of child protection and the needs of fathers within a political and social context. I recommend it to all those concerned with increasing their awareness of issues relating to child protection, social issues and good, family-centred care.