A million children are growing up without a father – the legacy of ‘men deserts’

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More than a million children are growing up without a father and numbers are set to increase, a think tank has warned today.

It’s a staggering statistic and a worrying trend as so many children are growing up with a lack of male role models in their lives.

The number of single parent families is growing at a rate of 20,000 a year and is expected to reach more than two million by the next general election, according to a new report by the Centre for Social Justice (CSJ).

The research also suggests that higher rates of teenage crime, pregnancy and disadvantage are believed to be linked to the increased absence of fathers.

Christian Guy, director of the CSJ, said the human, social and financial costs are “devastating” for children and adults alike, but he said the response from all politicians to the issue had been “feeble”.

He said: “For children growing up in some of the poorest parts of the country, men are rarely encountered in the home or in the classroom. Half all children born today will not see their parents together by the time they reach 16.”

Also how can we encourage more male teachers into primary schools as the report also said one of the reasons children have so few male role models is a lack of male teachers in primary school?

Around one in four primary schools have no male teachers & 80 per cent of schools have fewer than three male teachers 🙁

So what can we do about changing this as there are vast swathes of ‘men deserts’ in many of our towns and cities?


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