Our expert says:
qwerty is right - kids are inclined to blame themselves for it when adults do things like his irresponsible dad did, so make it clear he was and is still a loved child, whose dad did something for his own reasons and his own problems. Answer whatever questions the child has got, not those you think he ought to be asking. And ask him, early on, WHEN he raises the issue, what he thinks, so you can correct any misapprehansions and misunderstanding he may have
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