The number of children growing up without a father in England and Wales has now passed the million mark. Family breakdown in some of the poorest areas is so serious that the Centre for Social Justice is calling them "men deserts".
Our Social Affairs Editor, Penny Marshall, has been investigating the growing lack of male role models for young people.
Read Penny's blog: Family breakdown - it takes a village to raise a child.
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