As part of Health Education England & Young Minds ‘Addressing Adversity’ project, myself and Lucas Shelemy recently authored a paper which I thought would be helpful to share. You can download our chapter here.
In reviewing what the academic and practice literature says about how children and young people build resilience in the face of adversity, several themes emerged as key factors in protecting and promoting children and young people’s resilience – what we call the ‘4Ps’:
In the paper we explore each of these ‘Ps’ in turn and consider their practical application in the current context.
In simple terms, the literature indicates that for every child or young person who is faced with adversity we should ask the following questions:
- Does this child have a supportive relationship with a trusted adult?
- Does this child have quality relationships with a group of friends?
- Does this child have good problem-solving skills?
- Does this child have an interest, hobby or skill?
Where we answer no to one or more of these questions, there is a clear indication of practical steps we might take in order to support the growth, and development of their resilience.
I’d be really interested to hear your thoughts and feedback on this chapter – we worked really hard draw on a large and quite complicated research base and create some simple, practical, usable ideas. I hope they’re helpful.