Course Profile

Course Profile: Promoting resilience in children and young people (1 Day)
Why do some children and young people cope with difficulties more easily than others? What factors really make a difference to how we deal with adversity? What can practitioners do to make a difference?
Resilience is the ability to survive and bounce back from hardships and adversity, strengthened and more resourceful. Finding ways to boost a child’s ability to respond resiliently when life is tough can help them to do better than you might have thought they would. This workshop offers an introduction to the concept of resilience and resilience theory and provides the opportunity to consider those things we can do that help to build resilient capital. It considers how we can assess, identify and promote factors in a children or young persons world that can help them cope with adversity and disadvantage. It will outline ways of supporting children and parents that aim to build their capacity to manage life’s challenges more resiliently.
The course provides some knowledge for
Common Core:  2.26, 2.27, 2.28, 2.32, 2.33, 3.9, 3.10, 3.11, 3.21
Care Certificate: Standards 4.2, 5.1, 5.2, 5.6, 5.7 & 13.9c


The course is designed for Children’s Services, early years, schools and CVS staff who require an understanding of resilience. These could include community family workers, social work resource officers, learning mentors, newly qualified social workers, personal advisers, youth workers and foster carers.
Learning outcomes

By the end of the course learners should understand:

  • What the concept of resilience means in practice
  • Why and how some children and young people bounce back better than others
  • The resilience evidence base
  • What factors increase vulnerability and risk in children and young people
  • What are the protective factors in young peoples lives, family and community
  • How to identify and assess resilience and risk in children and young people
  • What strategies and intervention models help young people to build resilience
  • How to work with resiliency principles in your work with children young people
  • How to work from a strengths based perspective
  • How to use an eco-map
  • What is meant by the domains of resilience
  • How to use some simple techniques to build resilience
  • The principles of Resilient Therapy
Training methods utilised include: Tutor presentations, Small group work, Case studies, Word shower method, Plenary discussion, Role play, Handouts