One In Eight Fathers Have No Contact With Their Children

Published: 26th November 2013

New research from the National Centre for Social Research (NatCen) has highlighted that one in eight fathers in the UK have no contact with their children following a divorce or separation.

The study, based on analysis of family life in Britain from the 'British Social Attitudes Survey', is a yearly report published by NatCen ever since it's conception in 1983. The statistics show that almost one million fathers have children that they don't reside with and 13% of those fathers have no contact with their children whatsoever.

It has also been found that fathers who leave their families to start new relationships are far more likely to lose all contact with their children following their family breakdown.

It is reported that only 69% of fathers who have since remarried or started new relationships have a close relationship with their children from a previous relationship. In contrast, 86% of the fathers who have not moved on to a second family remain close to the children from a previous relationship.

A spokesperson from NatCen claimed that financial pressures where partly to blame for lack of parental contact, " “Some fathers simply don’t have the financial resources, or spare bedrooms, to be able to maintain regular contact with their children", said Eloise Poole.

The results published in this survey further underlines the growing concern that too many children in the UK are growing up without a father. Earlier this year, a study by the Centre for Social Injustice, founded by the Secretary for Work and Pensions, Iain Duncan Smith, claimed that a "tsunami of family breakdown" had left over one million children in the UK without a father to help raise them.

According to the report, some of the largest single-parent areas in the UK were known as "men deserts" where there are neighbourhoods of families without a positive male role model in their lives.

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