It has long been known that there’s a strong link between fatherlessness and poor life outcomes for children. Predictably, The Guardian has no interest in the matter. Our thanks to a supporter for this. An extract:
According to the minutes of the London assembly’s police and crime committee, the interim findings of research carried out by Croydon council showed “maternal absence was a very important feature” in the cases of dozens of young people subject to serious case reviews after they were embroiled in serious youth violence.
Hamida Ali, Croydon council’s cabinet member for community safety, told the hearing: “Not one of those young people had – as the jargon goes – a relationship with a trusted adult. Forget a parent; not a grandparent, not an uncle or an aunt, not a neighbour, not a mentor, not a family friend. I think that is very powerful in terms of … love and attention for our young people.”
No mention of fathers there, although other males are deemed worthy of mention (e.g. a grandparent or uncle) or implied (e.g. a neighbour, a mentor). Likewise no mention that the overwhelming proportion of perpetrators and victims are young black males.
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