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.
Supporting Foster Carers in Wolverhampton
The 10-week Nurturing Programme is part of Wolverhampton Social Services’ mandatory foster carer training.
“Fostering is not an easy road,” Says Helen Gamble, who leads the groups for foster carers, “Each week someone brought a new experience to the group. Difficult topics like kinds of touch, discussing sex and relationships, and whether there is a difference between parenting your own children and your foster children were discussed openly, and sharing those experiences was invaluable. The Nurturing Programme is not a magic wand, but it is a route to understanding what drives behaviours and how best to respond to them, and it really did help our group tackle all of the issues that arose during the 10 weeks.”
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.
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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