Wellbeing support for children and families:
What is wellbeing and resilience?
At Horizon Primary we pride ourselves in recognising and identifying when a child and their family is in need of emotional support and aim to support and build upon their resilience as a staff team.
Wellbeing is most usefully thought of as the dynamic process that gives people a sense of how their lives are going, through the interaction between their circumstances, activities and psychological resources or 'mental capital'. High levels of wellbeing mean that an individual is more able to respond to difficult circumstances, to innovate and constructively engage with other people and the world around them. Low self esteem however can result in the individual feeling unable to cope in certain circumstances, have difficulty regulating their emotions and have trouble in building relationships with others.
Psychological resilience is defined as an individual's ability to properly adapt to stress and adversity.
We can often idealise childhood as a carefree time, but childhood alone offers no shield against the emotional hurts and traumas many children face. Children can be asked to deal with problems ranging from adapting to a new classroom to bullying by classmates or even abuse at home. Add to that the uncertainties that are part of growing up, and childhood can be anything but carefree. The ability to thrive despite these challenges arises from the skills of resilience.The good news is that resilience skills can be learned.
Building resilience — the ability to adapt well to adversity, trauma, tragedy, threats or even significant sources of stress — can help our children manage stress and feelings of anxiety and uncertainty. However, being resilient does not mean that children won't experience difficulty or distress. Emotional pain and sadness are common when we have suffered major trauma or personal loss, or even when we hear of someone else's loss or trauma.
Stress and adversity can come in the shape of the following:
How can I help build my child's resilience as a parent?
Some children are resilient by nature as their temperament helps them to mentally and psychologically bounce back easier from stress and adversity. Unfortunately, not every child has such natural resilience and at Horizon we recognise this and aim to promote this skill so that by the time they leave us they are well rounded, confident individuals ready to face the challenges ahead of them into adulthood.The good news is that most of the research shows that resilience can be nurtured and developed, particularly when parents themselves are resilient and they actively foster it in their children.
So what does a wellbeing intervention mean for my child?
When staff and parents identify a child is in need of wellbeing support they can be allocated one off or regular weekly sessions with our wellbeing coordinator who liaises directly with our SEND coordinator and teaching staff or alternatively be referred to our school counsellor. The interventions can address a range of issues such as:
Our wellbeing coordinator is available daily for parents- if you feel you need someone to talk to support your own emotional health and wellbeing as you think its impacting on home life and your child please come and speak to Debbie to see how as a school we can support you.