Families across Scotland can look forward to support services that are more in tune with their needs thanks to a new partnership called About Families launched today at the Scottish Parliament.
About Families is a joint venture between the Centre for Research on Families and Relationships, Capability Scotland and Parenting Across Scotland.
Funded by the National Lottery, through the Big Lottery Fund, the initiative aims to ensure that the needs and aspirations of Scotland's parents, including those with disabled children, are taken into account in the development of new and existing services for families.
About Families works by combining existing academic research and evidence on a range of family related topics with the experiences of parents and the professionals who work with them. The team analyses the information and puts it together into user friendly, accessible report which can then be used by public and voluntary sector agencies to inform their future service development.
At the launch event About Families will unveil the details of its first report: 'Parenting teenagers: relationships and behaviour' which looks at the challenges faced by the parents of teenagers who, according to the information gathered, often struggle and feel isolated particularly around relationship and behaviour issues.