A resilience practice framework by the Benevolent Society

The Resilience Practice Framework by The Benevolent SocietyThe Benevolent Society, in partnership with the Parenting Research Centre, recently released a Resilience Practice Framework that will form the basis for their work with children and families from disadvantaged communities. It’s a great resource that many family and community workers will find useful.

It is built on five outcomes they want to help promote in the children and families they work with:

  1. Secure and stable relationships
  2. Increasing self-efficacy
  3. Increasing safety
  4. Improving empathy
  5. Improving coping skills

For each of these outcomes they have identified are a number of “evidence informed practices” (47 in all) and a range of practices elements that can help achieve the resilience outcomes. For example, the outcome “Secure and stable relationships” has 8 evidence informed practices and 20 practice elements:

Evidence informed practice Practice elements
Teachable moments
  • Use of everyday activities and routines to extend a child’s knowledge and skills.
  • Sharing books and stories.
Following your child’s lead
  • Allow child independence over activity choice.
  • Comment on child’s activity.
  • Praise child’s ideas and creativity.
Attending to your child
  • Using eye contact and open body language to let the child know that the parent is paying attention.
  • Refrain from asking questions.
Listening, talking and playing more
  • Describe activities and introduce new words.
  • Reflective and elaboration statements.
  • Simplify language.
  • Pause regularly.
Engaging an infant
  • Provide education: Explanation that early interactions with their infant plays a part in the connecting and attachment processes.
  • Have the parent smile at the infant and wait, watch for response.
  • Extend the interaction exercise with other expression.
Descriptive praise
  • Explain the role of attention in maintaining behaviour.
  • Identify behaviour parent wishes to increase.
  • Practice providing descriptive praise, e.g. practice difference between ‘good boy/girl’ and clear, descriptive praise.
  • Provide strategies to enhance praise, e.g. parent’s positive body language, ensure timing of praise is immediate.
Family time and family routines
  • Family time, e.g. bedtime stories, sharing hobbies, ‘special time’.
  • Family routines. Guidelines to assist parents to create new routines to decrease stress.

Their overview of the framework includes:

  • The main principles underpinning a resilience-led approach
  • An overview of the 47 evidence-informed practices
  • A guide to working in a culturally sensitive way
  • Key factors associated with resilience
  • An overview of six resilience domains
  • How each outcome links to domains and practices
  • Frameworks and theories which are congruent with a resilience-led approach
  • Critiques of a resilience led approach and the framework.

The framework is supported by  eight guides helping practitioners to implement the framework:

  1. Practitioner Skills
  2. Secure and Stable Relationships
  3. Increasing Self Efficacy
  4. Increasing safety
  5. Improving Empathy
  6. Increasing Coping / Self Regulation
  7. Cumulative harm
  8. Infants at risk of abuse and neglect

It’s well worth a look.

If you liked this post you might want to follow my blog (top right-hand corner of the blog), and you might like to look at:

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About Graeme Stuart

Lecturer (Family Action Centre, Newcastle Uni), blogger (Sustaining Community), Alternatives to Violence Project facilitator, environmentalist, father. Passionate about families, community development, peace, sustainability.
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