Family Links is a national charity dedicated to empowering children, parents, families, schools and workplaces to be emotionally healthy.
We deliver innovative, high quality training in the Nurturing Programme to health and social care services, third sector organisations, schools and universities.
We want to give every child the best chance in life.
Mental and Emotional Health in Schools
A new online course for anyone working with young people at school
The Course Combines:
- Current UK education and safeguarding policy
- The expertise and strategies from our work with over 20,000 school staff, and our hugely successful teacher education partnership with Teach First
- The latest in mental and emotional health research
Incredible value for money when schools are facing tight budget restrictions.
Head Teacher, Oxfordshire
Supporting and responding to the growing number of pupils with mental health needs is a challenge for many schools: a recent survey found that 98% of teachers had come into contact with pupils experiencing mental health difficulties. This “Mental and Emotional Health in Schools” online course will equip school staff with strategies to support good mental and emotional health of their pupils, and recognise and respond to signs of poor mental health. The course is interactive, encouraging participants to reflect on their own experiences and, by looking at different case studies, think through how useful strategies could be used in their own context.
News & Blog
Emotional Health, Wellbeing and Character in Schools (Jun 2017)
Family Links and the Nurturing Schools Network have contributed to a new report from the Fair Education Alliance’s (FEA) Wellbeing group, which we co-chair with Canterbury Christ Church University.
The report follows a survey of 500 school staff about social and emotional health in education, highlighting the need for action. The key findings were:
- Insufficient time (71%) and a lack of available budget (59%) were cited as the biggest barriers to addressing Social and Emotional wellbeing in schools.
- 94% thought it was very important to identify children who require specialist support for wellbeing or social and emotional development.
- Having clear next steps for pupil development (83%) and being easy to use (70%) were identified as being the key priorities for social and emotional wellbeing measurements.
Bea Stevenson, co-chair of the FEA’s wellbeing group and Head of Social and Emotional Learning at the Nurturing Schools Network, commented:
We recognise the importance of ensuring that children’s emotional health not only remains high on the policy agenda but also that schools and practitioners are given the support they need to implement change. We hope that this report supports both these aims and are committed to working in cross sector partnership to embed understanding and good practice across the school system.
We offer innovative, high-quality training courses around the UK for those working with children, parents, families or in schools.
We can come to you to provide in-house training courses for a group or team or you can join us at one of our training venues around the country.
The best training ever. Can’t wait to get started. This training has been life changing for me and I know it will have the same effect on parents too!
North East, 2015
Promoting Positive Mental Health: Emotional Health for All
London, Thursday 7th December 2017
Thank you to all those who joined us on Thursday 7th December to talk about Promoting Positive Mental Health: Emotional Health for All. It was a great day with lots of interesting discussion
All the slides from the day are available to download below.
We also watched the following films on the day: