What is resilience and how can we develop it?

By | 2018-06-13T13:27:51+01:00 March 11th, 2018|Mental Health, Safeguarding, Support|

Resilience is the ability to successfully cope with stress and difficulties in life. It’s not a “ just get on with it” approach to problems, or a phase relating to toughening up! Resilience is influenced by a number of factors and skills.

When children have their basic needs met, when they feel safe, they are more likely to develop other personal strengths from support networks to develop resilience. Developing Resilience is something we should be actively supporting at home and at school. Children and young people who are having a really difficult time can be supported not only to cope but to actually improve the situations they struggle with.

Resilience is vital for health and wellbeing. BoingBoing, have developed ways of working with people to help make resilient moves in their lives following their working definition of resilience.

‘Overcoming adversity, whilst also potentially changing, or even dramatically transforming, (aspects of) that adversity.’ (Hart et al., 2016, p. 3)
In other words, ‘Beating the odds, whilst also changing the odds’.

Building resilience refers to “The kinds of things we need to make happen (e.g. events, parenting strategies, relationships, resources) to help children manage life when it’s tough.

Plus ways of thinking and acting that we need ourselves if we want to make things better for children.’ (Aumann & Hart, 2009. This resilience framework explains the things we need to be able to develop resilience, to build ways of managing life, to enable our children, young people and families to successfully cope with life’s stresses and difficulties: