Family Links has been working throughout the UK for over 20 years to support children, parents and teachers with their emotional health and wellbeing, with an emphasis on early intervention.
We aim to empower children, parents, families, schools and workplaces to prioritise positive emotional health, by delivering innovative, high quality training to health and social care services, third sector organisations, schools and universities. We aim to reach parents and their families whether they are at home, at school or at work.
Our Nurturing Programme, which underpins all of our work, is designed to provide adults and children with the understanding, skills and ability to lead emotionally healthy lives, build resilience, empathy, self-esteem and support positive relationships.
The Duchess of Cambridge visited Pegasus Primary School
We are very excited to announce that the Duchess of Cambridge visited Pegasus Primary School on 6th March to learn more about the work we do. Her Royal Highness saw how we work closely with schools nationwide to support both children and parents with their emotional health and wellbeing, with an emphasis on early intervention.
She told staff: “I was very impressed with the children I met.
“To have them speak so articulately is extraordinary really.”
At Pegasus Primary School, we have completely integrated emotional health support into children’s education, with the entire family supported through a range of workshops and activity sessions. Parents are offered the opportunity to attend our ten-week Nurturing Programme, and children have weekly circle times throughout the school year. This is all underpinned by a whole school approach where everyone from the caretaker to the Headteacher is trained in the Family Links approach. HRH praised this work:
“It is pretty unusual and absolutely fantastic to have this ingrained approach with the whole school involved.
“There is so much emphasis on academic success, it is nice to see the life skills you have built up.
“As a mum myself I think it is very important to share emotions.
“I have not seen this type of holistic approach working before.”
During the visit, The Duchess has:
- Met parents to hear more about how their families have overcome challenges with the support of Family Links.
- Observed a ‘Circle Time’, an activity session which encourages pupils to share their thoughts on a range of topics, including how to support a classmate if they are being bullied, or how to cope with a stressful situation at home or at school.
- Attended a roundtable discussion with Family Links on the importance of supporting families during a child’s early years.
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Frontline: Parenting, Culture and Religion – Working with Muslim Families
We enjoyed working with Frontline to deliver training to help student social workers explore the differences between culture and religion, and the impact of culture on parenting as well as on our own practice and safeguarding.
The students were very engaged with the content which stimulated interesting and thought provoking discussion. These are some of the thoughts they shared with us after the training:
“I have worked extensively with other cultures and so it was great to have these discussions and be reminded about things that I’d forgotten. Rowen was really great, a great facilitator and he put the information across really well. Thank you.”
“Amazing session, thank you. We can take lots of new knowledge away with us and work on putting our own stamp on this when working with families.”
“Engaging session, enjoyed the activities to make you aware of your own thoughts and how these may impact your work.”
Frontline is a charity with a mission to transform the lives of vulnerable children by recruiting and developing outstanding individuals to be leaders in social work and broader society. Visit their website to find out more: thefrontline.org.uk
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 Emotional Health for All
Chester, Thursday 5th July 2018
A free event to share knowledge about what really works for families and schools in the North West and Wales.
During the event we will:
- Hear stories of success from schools and those working with families in the North West and Wales
- Learn more about Emotional Health and its importance for parents, children and teachers
- Hear about Family Links work, locally and nationally
- An opportunity to share challenges and good practice with colleagues from around the North West and Wales
If you’d like to find out more about this event or register your interest in our future regional events please contact us or call our main office on 01865 401800.