We archive our previous Resilience Forums and conferences as many have associated resources that are still useful, such as slides you can download, blogs you can read, films you can watch, links and suggestions for further reading.

Complex systems: theory and practice – 19 January 2017 – Brighton Resilience Forum

In this session Phil talked about how systems theory can help us understand how situating resilience-building activities within an understanding of complex dynamic systems can help to identify “leverage points” in aspects such as the rules, goals and power distributions of complex situations. These may lead to “turning points” where a small shift (ie a small “resilient move”) in one area of a person’s life can produce bigger positive changes in other areas.

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Adult-to-child mentoring – Wednesday 21 September 2016 – Brighton Resilience Forum

Gabrielle looked at strategies the school could use to support students from disadvantaged backgrounds or who are vulnerable, including providing a member of staff as a mentor to any child who did not appear to be thriving or who qualified for Pupil Premium funding. Although it is common for schools to offer mentoring, clear expectations and training are often not offered to staff.

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Whole School Approach – Thursday 7 July 2016 – Brighton Resilience Forum

The whole school approach involved recognising the importance and positive impact of relationships and significant others in pupils’ lives – site supervisors, teachers, cooks, sports coaches and senior leaders alike. The participatory approach taken was used with staff and pupils to actively investigate what mechanisms support, or act as barriers to, developing resilience in a special needs school.

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Trauma-informed approach – Tuesday 14 June 2016 – Brighton Resilience Forum

Sam Hart, Director of Sussex Prisoners’ Families, reports on a recent research trip to the States, in which she investigated what it means to be ‘trauma-informed.’ She hopes to show how a ‘trauma-informed’ approach can complement a resilience-building approach when working with children, young people and families who have experienced adversity, using examples from families involved with the criminal justice system.

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