Families are central institutions in society often providing care; inclusion; support; and cooperation with, and to, each other. Through socialisation and nurturing, children learn to recognise families as central to their growth, development and wellbeing. In this chapter a thorough examination of the concept of the family is undertaken alongside a more general discussion about different family forms across ethnic groups. The implications of patriarchy and gender roles on family functioning are explored alongside an overview of various inter-generational obligations and responsibilities. The strengths of different family arrangements is examined, together with forms of abuse linked to culture or faith. A worked case study at the end of the chapter applies culturally sensitive approaches underpinned by anti-oppressive practice principles.
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