Resilience can be described as the ability to bounce back and cope with stress and adversity. Evidence more strongly supports universal interventions or programmes that take a whole-school approach to promoting resilience than targeting children with perceived mental health needs or concerns. In order to promote emotional wellbeing and mental, Buckinghamshire County Council’s Public Health Team has provided limited funding to enable delivery of emotional resilience programmes to children and young people in both primary and secondary schools across Buckinghamshire. The two evidence based programmes on offer to schools are the Penn Resilience Programme and the Friends Resilience programme that consists of separate age-appropriate programmes, Friends for Life and My Friends Youth.
The Department for Education (DfE) recognises that: “in order to help their pupils succeed; schools have a role to play in supporting them to be resilient and mentally healthy”. The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) advises that primary schools and secondary schools should be supported to adopt a comprehensive, ‘whole school’ approach to promoting the social and emotional wellbeing of children and young people. Schools can also make a difference because:
To develop the capability and capacity within schools by commissioning training opportunities for schools to deliver emotional resilience programmes to children and young people:
In order for schools to access this training opportunity it is expected that:
Alternatively, please contact Anita Hazel, Public Health Practitioner firstname.lastname@example.org further information regarding the Bucks resilience programmes.