Supporting children and young people – Schools mental health guide

Supporting children and young people – Schools mental health guide

Supporting children and young people in their mental health: A guide for East Sussex schools: a resilience-based, whole school approach to promoting positive mental health and addressing individual needs

Supporting children and young people through common mental health issues

This section includes a description of common mental health issues, how to help children and young people experiencing some challenges associated with them and an indication of signs or symptoms that might help you identify children and young people who may be experiencing them. The symptoms are offered as a guide, not with the intention of diagnosing children and young people, or placing them into categories, but to aid school staff in understanding how to identify and support children and young people who may be struggling with their mental health, and when and who with, to share concerns.

The guidance will focus on the following psychological challenges and related diagnoses which are covered in Mental Health and Behaviour in Schools (DfE, March 2016):

  • Anxiety and depression
  • Eating difficulties
  • Self-harm
  • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
  • Conduct Disorder
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Attachment difficulties

Download Section 3 in full including guidance for these common mental health issues [Adobe PDF, 394KB]

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The Boingboing Resilience Framework

The Boingboing Resilience Framework

The Resilience Framework is a handy table that summarises ‘what works’ when supporting children and young people’s resilience according to the Resilience Research base. The Resilience Framework forms a cornerstone of our research and practice. On this page we have pulled together lots of useful links so you can find out all about the Resilience Framework.

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Resilience Framework for Children and Young People

Resilience Framework for Children and Young People

This is the classic Resilience Framework for children and young people. The Framework summarises a set of ideas and practices that promote resilience. To create it we distilled what the resilience research base said into a handy table that sets out 42 resilient moves that can be made to support children and young people’s resilience. Available in multiple languages.

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Resilience Framework Co-produced with Children in Blackpool

Resilience Framework Co-produced with Children in Blackpool

The Resilience Framework for Primary School children was co-produced by the Resilience Committee at Marton Primary School, Blackpool. The Marton Primary School children learned some valuable resilience and technological skills during the process, which involved rewording some of the items in a more meaningful way for the children, and we think it looks fab! Also available in Danish, German and Polish.

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Blackpool Co-produced Family Resilience Framework

Blackpool Co-produced Family Resilience Framework

A group of parents and carers from Blackpool, known as the ‘Parents of the Revolution’, have co-produced a family version of the Resilience Framework as part of Blackpool’s town-wide Resilience Revolution. You can also download a one-page version that just contains the Framework or a 2-page version with a short description and some suggestions.

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Family Framework Co-produced with Newport Mind

Family Framework Co-produced with Newport Mind

The Family Resilience Framework was designed to support members of the wider family (parents, siblings, carers etc.) and was developed by Rhian Adams, Tiffany Bales, Laura Brown and Sarah Henderson from Newport Mind, with the support of the participants of the Newport Mind Community of Practice. Also available in Italian, Portugese and Spanish.

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Resilience Framework for Adults

Resilience Framework for Adults

The Resilience Framework for Adults applies ideas from the resilience evidence base to adult mental health. The adult Framework was developed as part of Josh Cameron’s PhD research into the work-related needs and experiences of people recovering from mental health problems. Also available in French and German.

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Resilience Framework for Children and Young People – Black and White

Resilience Framework for Children and Young People – Black and White

This is the classic Resilience Framework for children and young people produced in black and white in case you, or the young people you support, prefer to colour code it yourselves, or don’t have access to a colour printer. The Resilience Framework sets out 42 resilient moves that can be made to support children and young people’s resilience.

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Interactive Resilience Framework

Interactive Resilience Framework

The Interactive Resilience Framework was developed especially for schools with children and young people in mind and has more detail about each idea, including relevant research evidence, suggestions of what to do, and what you people themselves think.

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Blank Resilience Framework

Blank Resilience Framework

This version of the Resilience Framework has been left blank so you can fill in your own items. The Resilience Framework summarises a set of ideas and practices that promote resilience. To create it we distilled what the resilience research base said into a handy table that summarises our approach and sets out 42 resilient moves that can be made to support children, young people, families and adults.

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The Resilience Tower Game

The Resilience Tower Game

The Resilience Tower is an interactive resource that introduces the Resilience Framework and promotes discussion about the different things or actions that help in life when things get tough. The Resilience Tower is a good conversation starter for either one to one or small group activities.

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Our Academic Publications

Our Academic Publications

This page presents an archive of selected published works from the Boingboing, Resilience Revolution and CRSJ community. This includes key academic papers, submissions of evidence and a few books relevant to the Boingboing approach to resilience.

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