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A resilience and coping framework for supporting children going back to school

23 June 2020

New guidance to help children, particularly those who are vulnerable, cope with the return to school has been launched today by the British Psychological Society.

The guidance supports schools to help children go back to school in a positive way, focusing on strengths, hope and children’s ability to cope, rather than the language of risk, trauma, damage or illness.

The current situation has been a collective experience and this may promote a sense of belonging for children and young people.

Dr Dan O’Hare, lead author and co-chair elect of the BPS Division of Educational and Child Psychology, said:

“There is no doubt that the Coronavirus pandemic has presented and will continue to present challenges for individuals, families, schools and local communities.

Children and young people have been unable to attend school, see their friends or teachers and some will have experienced sudden and upsetting events such as serious family illness or bereavement.

However, it is important that we consider the different ways children have coped and encourage further optimism.

As we move towards school transition, this new framework will help schools support individual children by considering their unique risk and protective factors, particularly those children that may be especially vulnerable.”

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