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Leeds Resilience Programme

Leeds Resilience Programme

The Leeds Resilience Programme – School/College Offer

The Support and Prevention Team has been commissioned to deliver a number of resilience group work programmes to secondary schools/colleges across Leeds.

What does the programme involve?

The programme is based on a 10 session programme, which includes one-one support combined with an 8 session group work programme, which is designed to be delivered for 2 hours each week.

The programme is based on the Young Minds Academic Resilience model and Boing Boings Academic Resilience Approach. Both focus on five key areas of resilience (Belonging, Core, Coping, Learning and Basic) which incorporate a number of issue based topics such as alcohol, peer pressure, social media, body image and abusive relationships.


The programme has been delivered in seven schools so far, with sixty six young people in attendance. 

School Feedback: “Can we book you again for September, it has been really useful having the team in. The kids have enjoyed the session’s loads!”

“The team work really hard at engaging some difficult young men, although the programme didn’t always have their attention the young men attended every session. This was quite a big statement considering how one had issues with attendance and three others were close to permanent exclusion.” 

Feedback from young people: “It’s helped form new relationships,” (Y11, Boy)

“I liked to go to the group, I felt a part of something. I learnt different things which made me think”

Who is the programme aimed at?

The programme is aimed at young people aged 11 – 18 years old who meet any of the following referral criteria:

  • Demonstrating any risky health behaviours including, but not restricted to, self-harm; drug and alcohol misuse; child sexual exploitation; harmful sexual behaviour
  • Suffering from anxiety and depression
  • Need support with increasing resilience and social skills
  • Suffer from poor emotional health and wellbeing
  • Decrease in  attendance and attainment or history of low attendance and attainment
  • Difficulties in identifying and establishing healthy relationships.

The programme is not exclusively aimed at young people with behavioural issues, however we recognise that some young people may present with what could be perceived as challenging behaviour.

Programme Evaluation As part of the programme evaluation young people will be asked to complete a pre and post, multiple choice questionnaire. This information will then be analysed by an independent researcher and will be used to produce monitoring reports for commissioners. All young people participating in the programme will be made aware of the purpose for collecting information and how this will be used. They will also be asked to give their consent, prior to completing both questionnaires.

Parent/Carer Consent A template parent/carer letter will be provided to the school/college contact, which will outline the purpose of the programme and will ask for consent for their child to take part in the programme and to complete the questionnaires. For further enquires please contact 0113 3786822