Good relationships with families of all kinds

Families come in all shapes and sizes, and so do the people in those families. You are unique, and so is your family – there is no one exactly the same as either you or them.

But most of your experiences will have been experienced by someone else at some time before.

So whether you’re feeling furious with your brother, arguing all the time with your mother, jealous of your step-sister or nervous about your new foster family – check out our pages below.

They will explain the wide range of normal family behaviour, and tell you what you can do to make things better.

Families can have a great effect on your mental wellbeing – find out how here.

Sometimes family relationships go very wrong. There is specific and more detailed advice in the pages below but if you are being threatened or abused by a family member or feel completely miserable take action:

  • Ring the police on:
    • 999 if you’re in immediate danger
    • 101 if you’re not in immediate danger
  • Get in touch with
    • Childline (a charity joined to the NSPCC and dedicated to the protection of children) or
    • your local authority who will have a child protection team
  • Talk to a teacher, doctor or professional youth worker