The Resilience Framework - Making Resilient Moves

The Resilience Framework is, simply, a handy guide to some great ‘resilient moves’ you can try. 

This page gives you a chance to explore the framework. Click on any of the 5 areas below and check out the resilient moves. 

A quick introduction to resilience and resilient moves

Acknowledgement: (The Resilience Framework originated from the research and work of Professor Angie Hart, Dr Derek Blincow and Helen Thomas in 2007. See for further details).



Having the basics in life is really important for our mental health. We know that a lot of young people don’t have some of these basics - such as good housing, having enough money to live, and feeling safe. 

At times we can forget to give basics like a healthy diet, enough sleep, exercise and fresh air, enough attention. 

Remember - that resilience is not all your responsibility. We can't be in control things like affordable housing and having enough money to live (remember about 'changing the odds'?) But you can look for small resilient moves that can help.

Here are some of our ideas for 'Basics' resilient moves.  

Good enough housing

Money to live

Feeling safe

Access to transport

Healthy diet

Exercise and fresh air

Enough sleep

Play and leisure



'Belonging' is all about having people we can count on and knowing that we are accepted for who we are...

'Belonging' resilient moves encourage us to:

  • develop good relationships,
  • concentrate on positive times and places,
  • feel connected to our school, our community and our local area. 

Explore some 'Belonging' resilient moves...

Somewhere to belong

Find your 'place' in the world

Tap into good influences

Keep relationships going

Foster healthy relationships

Make the best of the relationships you do have

Get together a support network you can rely on

Responsibilities and obligations

Focus on good times and places

Understand what has happened in your life

Think positively about new experiences

Make new friends


'Learning' includes resilient moves at school  and beyond - learning life skills and having aspirations and plans for the future. 

Find oout more about the 'learning' resilient moves.


Try your best at school, college or work

Accept guidance from mentors

Plan for your future

Be organised

Recognise and celebrate your achievements

Life Skills


We all have times when we might feel stressed, worried or unhappy. The 'Coping' resilient moves are about developing the skills needed to cope whatever life throws at us.  'Coping' resilient moves include problem-solving, calming and relaxation strategies and the benefits of having a laugh...

Check out the 'Coping' resilient moves...

"You've got this!"

Understand right from wrong

Be brave when needed

Be a problem solver

Keep a positive outlook: Put on your positivity glasses!

Make time for the things you enjoy

Know ways to calm down and feel better

Remember 'Tomorrow is a new day'

Lean on others when you need to

Have a laugh!

Core Self

The 'Core Self' resilient moves are about a better understanding of ourselves and those around us.

Find out about feelings and emotions and why empathy is such a brilliant resilient move. 

We hope you enjoy exploring the 'Core Self' resilient moves. 


Be hopeful

Understand other people's feelings

Know and understand yourself

Take responsibility for yourself

Nurture your talents

Make use of local services, when help is needed

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