Funded by the Economic and Social Research Council, this project builds on work already undertaken on the Resilience Framework, an approach based on Resilient Therapy (RT); the set of ideas and practices originally developed by Professor Angie Hart in collaboration with colleagues and community partners. The Framework takes the resilience research evidence base with other sets of ideas gleaned from parenting children with complex needs and from practice with very disadvantaged children and families in an NHS Child and Adolescent Mental Health Clinic.
All the different sets of ideas were distilled into a handy RT table that summarises resilience approach and acts as a reminder to people of what is included. This table has been represented in different ways – firstly, as an RT Magic Box of potions and remedies, a toolkit of ideas, then a more detailed RT Summary Table, and later a version of the Resilience Framework that does not use the language of 'therapy'. The Resilience Framework has been translated into German, Greek, Maley, Spanish, Swedish and Turkish, with more languages on the way. There is also a version of the table for use with adults, which is still a work in progress.
This project, though working with a group of Resilient Therapy users together, aims to support the development of a more refined range of resilient moves suggested in the Resilience Framework. These can then be used by people supporting children with special and complex needs. This detailed exploration will also produce insights into how parents, carers and practitioners draw on and select imagined better futures to choose their resilient moves. It will provide an opportunity to consider the extent to which in making these moves, parents and practitioners are challenging the adversities the children face. Using a collaborative research approach, the co-researchers are parents, carers and practitioners who are already members of Boingboing.