The resources and information you will find in this section aim to deepen your skills and knowledge, and enable you to work with young people as effectively as possible.

Building Skills and Knowledge


A selection of articles, news releases and policy documents on the theme of building resilience as a strategy for overcoming adversity.

Academic Resilience

We’re advocating and implementing the Academic Resilience Approach (ARA) in Lewisham. Academic resilience is about helping school-age children to get the best possible results, no matter what the odds.

Teaching Schools

Lewisham has four teaching alliances for development, training and sharing practice.

Education Teaching Alliance Lewisham The South Thames Early Education Partnership (STEEP) Hatcham Teaching School Alliance - Haberdashers’ Aske’s Hatcham College Endeavour Teaching School Alliance - Tidemill Academy

Boing Boing Forums

Boingboing is a working partnership of academics, parents, young people and practitioners, with a shared commitment to exploring the ways in which resilience can improve the lives of young people by helping them beat and transform the odds for the better.
If you would like to meet with people working on resilience, Boing Boing organise free forums. Find details here.


MindEd is a free educational resource on children and young people’s mental health, for adults.

WorkItOut! Lesson Plans

Find lesson plans to help discuss the issues raised by our films.

Skills Bank for HeadStart Schools

The Skills Bank is a collated record of schools specialisms so far.

Improving teen mental health outside of traditional settings

Public Health England have provided a recent blog post with their expert insight on improving teen mental health outside of traditional settings.

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When to make a referral

You may be worried or concerned about a young person in your care. But it can be difficult, even for experienced professionals, to judge when to make a referral to a specialist service such as Child Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) or other specialist support.

If you have not located an alternative source of help or support for the young person via this resource you are still concerned please contact Lewisham Early Intervention Service for advice and information or complete a Common Assessment Framework Referral.

Help for Professionals


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Policy documents supporting the work of building resilience and preventing poor mental health in children and young people.

Achievement for All

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Achievement for All is a movement focused on educational change; building a world in which all children are seen as having potential, and where every child is enabled to be the best that they can be regardless of their background, the challenges they face or the needs they may have.

Boing Boing

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Boing Boing is a resilience practice and research organisation, working with and alongside children, young people, families and adults exposed to social disadvantage and inequalities. Resilience research and practice can be a powerful tool to help people experiencing tough times. Their website has a host of resilience resources and they host FREE resilience forums that professionals can attend.

Lewisham Education Arts Network

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Lewisham Education Arts Network (LEAN) works with educators, schools and artists to develop practice and deliver shared projects in the realm of arts education. It has helped to develop artists’ understanding of how the creative arts can build resilience and improve the mental health and wellbeing of young people.