People using the Resilience matrix need to understand the basic principles of resilience and how they fit in the National Practice Model.
These three building blocks of resilience offer a simple explanation of what we mean by the term:
- People around me I trust and who love me no matter what
- People who set limits for me so I know when to stop before there is danger or trouble
- People who show me how to do things right by the way they do things
- People who want me to learn to do things on my own
- People who help me when I am sick, in danger, or need to learn.
- A person other people can like and love
- A person who is happy to do nice things for others and able to show my concern
- A person who is respectful of myself and of others
- A person who is willing to be responsible for what I do
- A person who is sure that in the end things will be alright.
- Talk to other people about the things that frighten or bother me
- Find ways to solve the problems I might face
- Control myself when I feel like doing something that’s not right, or that’s dangerous
- Figure out when it is a good time to talk to someone, or to take action
- Find someone to help me when I need it.
Resilience / vulnerability matrix
The slightly expanded version (right) gives some indicators of what, for example, a protective environment might look like and how to assess a child or young person’s resilience.
(Do they, for instance, have good self esteem? Do they show good attachment to parents or carers?)