Duchess of Cambridge to Visit Charity Family Links

Duchess of Cambridge to Visit Charity Family Links


Pegasus Primary School, Oxford

Tuesday 6th March, 2018

The Duchess of Cambridge will visit Pegasus Primary School in Oxford on Tuesday 6th March to learn more about the work of the charity Family Links. Her Royal Highness will see how Family Links works closely with schools nationwide to support both children and parents with their emotional health and wellbeing, with an emphasis on early intervention.

Family Links works 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. The charity’s Nurturing Programme, which underpins all of their 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.

At Pegasus Primary School, Family Links completely integrates 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 a ten-week parenting 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.

During the visit, The Duchess will meet parents to hear more about how their families have overcome challenges with the support of Family Links. Her Royal Highness will also join a Year Two class during ‘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.

Finally, The Duchess will attend a roundtable discussion with Family Links on the importance of supporting families during a child’s early years.

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