Hands On Scotland

a toolkit of helpful responses to encourage children and young people’s emotional wellbeing

  • The HandsOnScotland Toolkit is a resource for anybody working with or caring for children and young people. It gives practical information and tools to help you respond helpfully to troubling behaviours and to help children and young people to flourish.
  • The toolkit is arranged into two sections – the Troubling Behaviours section and the Flourishing section … (about the toolkit 1/2).

Homepage;
Topic Index: Flourishing, Troubling; How to use it; Action Plan; References; 2009 report, 56p pdf; SNAP report, 88p pdf;
Contact.

About the toolkit 2/2 … /Troubling Behaviours section: The Troubling Behaviours section was the first section to be completed and was launched on 6 June 2007. It was developed by Playfield Institute, in partnership with Barnardo’s and the University of Dundee /School of Nursing

This section was commissioned by HeadsUpScotland, the National Project for children and young people’s mental health, in response to recommendations from the Scottish Needs Assessment Programme SNAP report, 88 pdf-pages on Child and Adolescent Mental Health (2003). The SNAP report found that many frontline workers from all agencies felt they lacked the practical skills and confidence to help children and young people who have troubling behaviours.

These children or young people may be waiting to see a mental health specialist or they may have already received specialist assessment, but need ongoing support from frontline workers. Alternatively, they may not need to see a specialist, but they need someone to help them through a difficult time in their lives. If help is given early enough, when a problem appears, it may not become a serious issue. This section was designed for anyone working with children and young people (for example: teachers, social workers, foster carers, health workers, school nurses, etc) to offer help and support to children and young people in such situations.

Most topics in the Troubling Behaviours section will give you information on:

  • What the topic is about
  • Things to think about in trying to understand what may be causing the child or young person’s behaviour
  • Thinking about your own response and how that may be affecting the child or young person’s behaviour
  • What you can do
  • When to seek further support and help.

The Troubling Behaviours section has evolved since its launch, taking into consideration feedback about the content from users.

Flourishing section: … (full long text).

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