What we do

Family Links is a national charity and training organisation dedicated to the promotion of emotional health at home, at school, and at work.

Our vision is for every child and adult to be able to realise their individual potential, enjoy positive relationships and live healthy and fulfilled lives.

Our mission is to deliver training programmes, based on the Nurturing Programme, that build and sustain emotional health and relationships in families, schools and workplaces.


We offer high-quality training and resources for professionals working with families, school and university staff, and employees in the workplace.

What is emotional health?

Our emotional health is our ability to look after ourselves, to manage ourselves in times of challenge and to sustain our healthy relationships with those around us. This ability provides the foundations for good mental health and wellbeing, resilience, and motivation.

We recognise that parents, teachers and all adults need good emotional health for themselves as individuals, and to enable them to create an emotionally healthy culture at home, at school or at work.

We've created an infographic that explains why emotional health is important

The Nurturing Programme

All our work is underpinned by the Nurturing Programme which provides adults and children with the understanding, skills and ability to lead emotionally healthy lives, build resilience, empathy, self-esteem and support positive relationships.

The American child psychologist Dr Stephen J. Bavolek developed The Nurturing Programme based on his research into family interactions where he identified four destructive parental behaviour patterns.


The Nurturing Programme was developed to address these, and uses the following four constructs as building blocks of emotionally healthy relationships:

Four building blocks on a base layer entitled 'Emotional Health'. The four blocks are titled 'self-awareness', 'appropriate expectations', 'empathy' and 'positive discipline'.
  • Self-awareness

  • Appropriate expectations

  • Empathy

  • Positive discipline


Although the four constructs were originally developed within the context of parenting, they apply to all areas of our work.


They are the building blocks for all emotionally healthy relationships, and are particularly important in forming emotionally healthy relationships between parent and child, teacher and pupil, and manager and employee.