Whole learning community strategies
Whole learning community strategies to build resilience can include:
- implementing social and emotional learning programs within the curriculum to build emotional literacy, coping skills and resilience – find out more information about evidence-based programs in the Be You Programs Directory
- ensuring support systems are in place (for example, a key educator to talk to, home room structures, provision of school counsellors or partnerships with external mental health professionals)
- ensuring policies reflect the most up-to-date knowledge on building resilience
- promoting partnerships with families and external support services.
Be You Professional LearningCheck out how to incorporate practices that can enhance children and young people's into your teaching practice in the Learning Resilience domain. Learn about creating and maintaining strong partnerships with families in the Family Partnerships domain, and about providing support for children, young people and their families, by helping them access information and internal and external supports, in the Provide module.
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Australia Institute of Family Studies – Is resilience still a useful concept when working with children and young people?
Building resilience in children
Resilience is something that can be fostered and developed over time. A combination of individual, family, community and societal factors influence children and young people’s developing resilience.