More than a million children growing up without a dad

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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One million kids 'without dads'

More than a million children in the UK are growing up without a father, according to a report. The Centre for Social Justice said the number of lone-parent families will reach more than two million by the next General Election in 2015.