The vision of the Centre for Interdisciplinary Studies of Children, Family and Society is to provide highly skilled human capital in the field of child, youth, family, community and society development, health and well-being and thus build important bridges of learning with regard to the acquisition and application of knowledge to ultimately benefit individuals and communities everywhere.


The CISCFS is an interdisciplinary entity which aims to study families (including children and youth) and society (including communities and other environmental and contextual factors which may affect the family). Specifically, the Centre aims to provide a holistic understanding of the interplay between the South African family (and its members) and the diverse contexts and societal structures in which it is located and with which it interacts for the purposes of development, health and well-being as well as decision-making processes affecting each of these domains.

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