Schools can have a profound influence on supporting children and young people to develop the coping strategies and self belief that are the foundation of resilience.
A culture of pride and belonging and the recognition of personal strengths can foster resilience in the school community and for each individual.
Group and individual sessions can give space to pupils to reflect on their thoughts and feelings and find their own solutions to the challenges and worries they face.
The key skills that help children and young people build resilience are:
- Having good relationships with others; including both adults and peers.
- Being encouraged to grow in independence.
- Learning to identify, express and manage good and difficult feelings.
- Building confidence by taking on personal challenges.
Pupils will experience disappointments and upsets at times. They may lose a sporting event, or a piece of artwork may not turn out ‘as hoped’. They may have problems in friendship groups, or worry about their appearance. These are ideal opportunities to help children explore the feelings that arise and think about how they can manage them, and learn from them for the future.
- Public Health England - Building Young People's Resilience in Schools resource
- Young Minds resilience Powerpoint
- Young Minds pyramid of need
- Young Minds resilience audit - how can your school do better?
- An evidence based review of the use of Kent's 'Resilience Toolkit' in school
- Samaritans 60 minute session plan on building resilience
- Samaritans video on resilience
- The 7 C's of Resilience resource
- Tips on building resilience in children
- Resilience pages on Just One Norfolk
- Resilience Rucksack
- Adverse Childhood Experiences - resilience
Nuffield Health School Wellbeing Activity Programme (SWAP) - free 6 week programme of evidence based lessons delivered in six one hour sessions. The programme is aimed at children aged 9-12 years old but can be adapted for other school age children. The four key themes are:
- How I Move - focusing on physical activity
- How I Eat - focusing on sugar content of food and drinks, hydration, fruit and vegetables
- How I Sleep - focusing on sleep, sleep hygiene and screen time
- How I Feel - focusing on emotional wellbeing and resilience
Public Health England has launched new free All Our Health bite-sized e-learning sessions to improve the knowledge, confidence and skills of all health and care professionals in preventing illness, protecting health and promoting wellbeing.
The sessions cover some of the biggest issues in public health from childhood obesity to Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) and they contain signposting to trusted sources of helpful evidence, guidance and support to help professionals embed prevention in their everyday practice.
- Sitting Still Like a Frog – Mindfulness Exercises for Kids (and their parents) Eline Snel
- Building Resilience in Children and Teens – Kenneth Ginsberg
- Banish Your Body Image Thief - Katie Collins-Donnelly
- Banish Your Self Esteem Thief - Katie Collins-Donnelly
- Self Esteem and Being YOU - Anita Naik
- Mind Your Head - Juno Dawson
- The Self-Esteem Team's Guide to Sex, Drugs and WTF's - Self Esteem Team
How Can We Help?
Just One Norfolk Access the health advice website to explore a variety of health issues. This website is consistently being reviewed and updated.
Parent Activation Measure This helps parents think about their knowledge skills and confidence in understanding and supporting their children or unborn babies.
Just One Number Call to speak to a health professional by phoning 0300 300 0123. They will be able to provide initial advice and support and guide next steps with us or signpost you to other more relevant agencies and professionals. It is available 08.00 to 18.00 Monday to Friday and 09.00 to 13.00 on Saturdays
ChatHealth Children and Young people can access us through our text messaging service on 07480635060. They will be able to discuss any health concerns with one of our Practitioners and also be able to request an appointment if they would prefer to meet with us.
Parent Line Parents can access our services by texting our number 07520631590 . This allows them to access the advice and support from a clinician about any health issues affecting their children aged 0-19.
JustOneNorfolk Health Passport app Young people age 16-19 can download this app on apple or android phones. It provides young people age 16-19 with general health information and advice to increase health literacy. It signposts to services and promotes self care. It aims to increase resilience and wellbeing and to find out how to access health services.
Health Unlocked Parents can be signposted to this. It is a carefully monitored online community forum which allows local parents and carers to talk with each other regarding issues affecting their children. This can be accessed through our Just One Norfolk website.
Solihull Parenting Online For our Norfolk parents there is the opportunity to access this free of charge through JustOneNorfolk. It supports parents in understanding their children from 0-19 via 4 modules.
Staff working with children and families will also benefit from this – or they can book to do the two day Solihull Training provided by our service by contacting email@example.com