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.
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.
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.
If you know of any we have missed, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
Policy documents supporting the work of building resilience and preventing poor mental health in children and young people.
- Future in Mind, Department of Health, 2015
- Young People and E-Safety, National Foundation for Educational Reform, 2015
- Promoting children and young people’s emotional health and wellbeing, PHE 2015 (.pdf)
- Mental health and behaviour in schools, Department for Education, 2015 (.pdf)
- Resilience in schools, PHE 2015 (.pdf)
- What works in promoting social and emotional wellbeing and responding to mental health problems in schools? National Children’s Bureau 2015 (.pdf)
- Preparing to teach about mental health and emotional wellbeing, PSHE, 2015 (.pdf)
- Mental health teaching checklist, PSHE, 2014 (.pdf)
- Mental health teaching ground rules, PSHE, 2014 (.pdf)
- Social and emotional wellbeing in secondary education, NICE, 2009 (.pdf)
- Resilience, a framework for positive practice, Scotland Executive, 2005 (.pdf)
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 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 (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.