Family Matters: Opportunities and Challenges in the 21st Century


Families come in all shapes and sizes. Divorce, remarriage, stepfamilies, long working hours, geographical mobility, technology, and a host of other variables, has meant ideas of what the ‘traditional family’ looks like have had to change.

As little as a half-century ago, children were typically raised in homes with two biological parents, mum probably didn’t go out to work and chances were there was the support of extended family members nearby to ensure consistency in the care and nurture of the children.

Fast forward to the second decade of the 21st Century and we find that society and the new ‘normal’ for families is evolving rapidly in ways which may leave parents isolated, under pressure, feeling guilty and stressed! Or is all this change a good thing; packed with opportunities to give our children a much better future?

At our annual Conference this year, we’ll take time to look at some of these issues, the impact these may have on children and consider how we can work together to support families to be the very best they can be, improving better outcomes for all.


To celebrate the forthcoming CALA conference, our friend Blake drew us a picture! It features a family of trampoline enthusiasts and their assortment of pets. Thanks Blake!

Please make sure you save the date: 30/09/2016 at Greyfriars Free Church, Balloan Road, Inverness.

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