Protecting Families/Resilience course for Medical Doctors
This session aims to explain the concept of resilience in childhood and why it is important. It will also describe the role of families and communities in developing resilience and identify research about practice that supports the development of resilience.
By the end of this session you will be able to:
- Explain the concept of resilience and describe key research findings
- Identify and describe the characteristics of resilient children and families
- List the effects of resilience on how children deal with risks and adversity
- Identify and describe forms of practice known to promote resilience, delivered at the level of individual families and the local community
- Identify and describe the role of social networks in promoting resilience
A great deal of research about resilience stems from an examination of children and families currently facing adversity, because the concept is more clearly seen in those circumstances, and arguably most needed then.
Anyone may face unexpected risks or adversity, so developing capabilities associated with resilience is important for all children.
Before commencing this session, you should:
- Be leading or delivering the Healthy Child Programme in your area
- Complete the HCP session: Health Promotion/Basic Principles and Family Health/Families in the UK (402-0006)
- Have read the Healthy Child Programme Pregnancy to 5 years document
Sarah’s teaching, research and publications reflect her professional background in health visiting and her interest in public health and positive health, especially in relation to needs assessment, families and the social environment.
She has recently co-authored an update of the ‘Principles of Health Visiting’ and a second edition of ‘Community Public Health in Policy and Practice’.