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What is resilience?

Resilience is a key factor in protecting and promoting good mental health. It is the quality of being able to deal with the ups and downs of life, and is based on self esteem.

We look into many different factors that affect resilience:

  • secure early attachments
  • confidence of being loved and valued by one’s family and friends
  • clear sense of self-identity (personal, cultural and spiritual)
  • sense of self-efficacy (being able to make decisions and act independently)
  • confidence to set goals and attempt to achieve them.

Quality Protects Research Briefing – No 9 : Promoting the mental health of children in need. (Dr Heather Payne & Professor Ian Butler) 2003 DfES, Research in Practice.

Based on these, the project uses 6 domains to work with to try and build people’s resilience:

Barnardo's Arch Project spider diagram of 6 domains of resilience

(Brigid Daniel & Sally Wassell – Assessing & Promoting Resilience in Vulnerable Children)

During a twelve week programme each of the six domains are looked at. Our approach looks at making protective networks and strategies for the child.

Much of the work on resilience building is based upon how our workers relate to the children, in groups or one-on-one, creating the opportunity for them to develop in their own way.

According to theory, “Adults who promote resilience….teach [children] how to communicate with others, solve problems and successfully handle negative thoughts, feelings and behaviours” Grotberg (1995).