Welcome to the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Healthy Schools Network and Support Service

This service underpins the vital contribution that local schools make to help children and young people to develop and strengthen their emotional, physical and behavioral resilience to improve their health and wellbeing.

We recognise that schools face many challenges in addressing these needs and we aim to provide support to schools to further develop their work to build resilience, good health and positive wellbeing within schools and their wider communities.

Our entire programme is based around supporting schools to develop and support children and young peoples’ self efficacy and resilience

What do we mean by resilience?

When children show healthy development in spite of adversity, it is called resilience. Fostering resilience in children requires strengthening and developing skills within their families and communities, as well as their own personal resources to help them anticipate, manage and cope with adversity and adverse events.

  • Supporting children to develop resilience can help children in all aspects of life.
  • It is about nurturing the skills and personal resources of children and young people to enable them to make choices that support them being healthy and helps them avoid risk taking behaviours.


Why is resilience important?

We know that when students have resilience, they are open to learning because they believe that they can learn; they are receptive to help and support because they know it is not a criticism of their abilities.

Importantly for those children that have experienced childhood neglect or abuse, strengthening their resilience helps them to cope with the impact of such adverse events (known as Adverse Childhood Experiences or ACES) upon their health and wellbeing.


Free Resilience Training – October 2019

What does this mean for us?

Our network and support services, alongside our partners recognise the important role that schools have in building resilience amongst their children and young people especially those most vulnerable. It is a free service to schools that will provide resources, opportunities for shared learning, discussion and developing best practice in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough to ensure that schools can build on their ongoing work to support the development of their children and young people.

Our partners include many of the organisations that work with schools in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough. We are working with them to ensure that any support offered to schools is consistent and makes best use of the collective use of the resources of the different organisations.