Welcome to our HeadStart support and development resource bank. This page is regularly updated to provide practical tools and helpful information to HeadStart partnerships and professionals interested in improving children’s resilience. 

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YoungMinds is the UK's leadingResearch and Consultancyprovider of training on children's mental health and wellbeing.

Resilience: 'Ordinary Magic' and Learnable Skills explores the evidence for resilience based approaches and suggest ways in which all practitioners can promote resilience in children, families and those who work with them.

Take a look at the rest of our upcoming training courses.


The Resilience Forum takes place regularly in Brighton and Hastings and provides a space for discussion and debate about resilience. 

The Insider's Guide is a course for parents which focuses on what it means to be a parent to a child with additional needs and aims to build parents' resilience.  

boingboing also runs bespoke training in resilience. 



Co-production with Young People with Learning Disabilities Showcases the Arts Connect programme run by Culture Shift in East Sussex and how they model good co-production with people with learning disabilities, (the Arts Ambassadors). 

Resilience in Schools Using a Brighton school as a case study this video explores school approaches to developing pupil's resilience. 

Equalities Approach to Young People's Resilience Professor Angie Hart, boingboing, Brighton University, talks about building systems which reach young people from marginalised communities and minority groups. HeadStart conference April 2015.  

Using Systems Theory Understanding and implementing systems change in the context of developing young people's resilience. A conversation between Professor Angie Hart and Professor Philip Haynes, Brighton University.

What is Resilience Vox pop featuring young people on what resilience is and why it matters.

Staying On Track HeadStart Partnerships Staying on Track webinar, broadcast on 19 Feb 2015 presented by Lisa Williams YoungMinds HeadStart support and development consortium Technical Lead.

Ecological Resilience A psychiatrist's take on ecological resilience with professor Hindley.

Resilience theory and what works in practice: learning from international research and evidence Professor Michael Ungar speaking at HeadStart conference in January 2015.

Resilience measures and how to choose them Professor Michael Ungar speaking at HeadStart conference in January 2015.

HeadStart Kernow video Young people from across Cornwall have been involved in shaping a new Big Lottery bid looking at building resilience in10-14 year olds.

HeadStart FM digital radio station

Making resilient moves - TEDx talk by Professor Angie Hart, academic, psychotherapist and adoptive mother of three children with complex needs, on useful ways of thinking and behaving in difficult times.

The surprising science of happiness - TED talk by Dan Gilbert, author of Stumbling on Happiness," challenges the idea that we’ll be miserable if we don’t get what we want. Our "psychological immune system" lets us feel truly happy even when things don’t go as planned.

The habits of happiness - TED talk by Matthieu Ricard, biochemist turned Buddhist monk on how we can train our minds in habits of well-being, to generate a true sense of serenity and fulfillment. More videos coming soon.





Contact: Rob Willoughby rob.willoughby@childrenssociety.org.uk  

Twitter: @BhamCityCouncil #headstartbrum


Contact: Pauline Wigglesworth Pauline.wigglesworth@blackpool.gov.uk 

Twitter: @HeadStart_BPool


HeadStart Kernow project page, includes monthly updates from HeadStart Kernow Partnership Board

HeadStart Kernow video Young people from across Cornwall have been involved in shaping a new Big Lottery bid looking at building resilience in10-14 year olds.

ContactNatalie Smith natsmith@cornwall.gov.uk

Twitter: @CornwallCT  #HeadStartKernow


ContactAnne Sheppard anne.sheppard@cumbria.gov.uk

Twitter: @CumbriaCC


Contact: Rachel Roberts rachel.roberts2@hullcc.gov.uk

Twitter: @HullHeadStartKent

Kelsi Website and Newsletter

ContactAngela Ford angela.ford@kent.gov.uk 

Twitter: @headstartkent


Contact: Ken Harrison ken.harrison@knowsley.gov.uk

Twitter: @KnowsleyCouncil


Contact: headstart@lewisham.gov.uk 

Twitter: @LewishamCouncil


Contact: Wendy Kelly Wendy_Kelly@middlesbrough.gov.uk

Twitter: @MyplaceMbro


Contact: Simon Munk simon.munk@newham.gov.uk

Twitter: @NewhamLondon


HeadStart FM digital radio station

Contact: Vivienne Griffin Vivienne.Griffin@wolverhampton.gov.uk

Twitter: @WolvesCouncil @HeadStartFM


YoungMinds is leading a consortium to support and develop the local HeadStart areas in their current delivery and future planning. YoungMinds leads the consortium in providing coordination, support and technical leadership to the area teams. YoungMinds is the leading national organisation championing children and young people’s mental health and emotional resilience. Drawing on many years experience of supporting and training schools, parents, NHS and local authorities as well as their youth engagement campaigns, managing large scale programmes and system wide development, they are ideally placed to support this programme.

Achievement for All is a movement focused on educational change; building a world in which all children are seen as having potential, and where every child is enabled to be the best they can be regardless of background, challenge or need. Offering education settings the opportunity to improve the outcomes in reading, writing and maths of their lowest achieving 20%. Working with regional, national and international partners and governments making a significant impact on improving progress, behaviour, and attendance for children and young people from birth to 25 years of age.

Boingboing is a social enterprise, providing opportunities to learn about resilience. Implementing and influencing resilience-based research, policy and practice are their main areas of work. Their work is strongly rooted in a social justice agenda, working with children, young people, families and adults exposed to social disadvantage and inequalities is at the heart of what they do. In collaboration with the University of Brighton, they deliver training and develop practical and academic resources on resilience.

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