Family Links is a national charity dedicated to empowering children, parents, families, schools and workplaces to be emotionally healthy. They deliver innovative, high quality training in the Nurturing Programme to health and social care services, third sector organisations, schools and universities in order to give every child the best chance in life.
How did they use the Skills Builder Framework?
For the pilot Enabling Enterprise ran two workshops for parents, one focused on Problem Solving and one looking at Aiming High. Through these workshops, Family Links started to look at ways in which parents, carers and families can be a powerful lever in building these skills not only for young people but also for themselves.
What's been the impact of using the Framework?
As we all know, parents are the most powerful role models for their children but many may have had difficult experiences of school themselves, and/or feel anxious that they are not equipped to support their child’s learning. Indeed one of the parents said ‘these skills aren’t for parents like me, or my children, they are for families who go to university’. Building these skills and having a common language to talk about them using the Framework, for adults as well as children, is essential for long term sustainability.
How do they plan to use the Framework in the future?
Family Links, in partnership with Enabling Enterprise, are keen to explore ways in which the Framework and future resources and training that sit around it, could support parents to understand and build these skills for their children, as well as support parents to develop these skills for themselves.