Topic: Keeping the relational in resilience – Nick Barnes and Ceri May

Resources: You can download Nick and Ceri’s slides.

Summary:  Over recent months we have been exploring the development of a range of interventions and ideas that will seek to promote the development of resilience in children and young people across the London Borough of Haringey. This work has been developed from 3 different perspectives, all coming together to try and offer a more integrated model for implementation, as well as looking to ensure sustainability. These perspectives include:

1. Conceptualised a concept of Connected Resilience – through discussions across a Europe-wide academic partnership, over the last 6 months we have been looking to develop a model of resilience that ensures the young person feels connected and related to their community.

2. How 2 BE – building on practice developed through the Haringey Virtual School, Ceri May has led the Anchor Project that seeks to offer an attachment aware and trauma informed training module for foster carers and frontline staff in schools and social care.

3. Haringey’s Relational Approach to Resilience – funded through the Department of Public Health for Haringey, YoungMinds and the local Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) have been funded to develop 3 years of training for schools and front line staff about building resilience and promoting an awareness about mental health and emotional wellbeing.

In this forum we will discuss our work and we would welcome any views and ideas about our work to date.

Biography:  Nick Barnes is a Young People’s Psychiatrist, Cognitive Analytic therapist and Honorary Senior Lecturer at University College London. Nick works predominantly within an Adolescent Outreach team, but has also co-developed a number of more preventative and early help based interventions, including the Health Service Journal (HSJ) award winning project – Time 2 Talk (external link).

Ceri May is a teacher, experienced in working with vulnerable children through a range of roles. Ceri co-developed policy and practice at Haringey Virtual School, significantly increasing inclusion and attainment. Ceri currently leads on ‘The Anchor Project’ to increase attachment aware, trauma informed practice across education, health, social care and the third sector.

Who might be most interested:  Academics, practitioners, researchers, students, parents, carers, community workers, volunteers, public sector workers, young people, service users, other. Nick Barnes and Ceri May feel that this workshop would be relevant to all professionals listed above and they would be grateful for your thoughts, views and ideas on our work to date.

Key readings: Barnes, N., Montgomery A. (2016) ‘Conceptualising and Measuring Resilience.’ The European Health Psychologist, Special Bulletin, Volume 18, issue 3, pages 102 – 107 (this article can be downloaded from:

This session took place on Wednesday 19 October 2016.

The Resilience Forum is for ANYBODY (with a pulse!) involved with or interested in resilience research!

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