Developing Emotional Resilience in Children and Young People


Help your child improve Their emotional resilience, mental health and well-being

Children and young people can face a lot of different challenges throughout their childhood, including growing and changing friendships, the birth of siblings, moving home or school, academic pressures or changing family dynamics.

It’s important for children and young people to have good emotional resilience so they have the tools to both understand and talk about how they’re feeling and successfully ‘bounce back’ from the challenges life throws at them.

Our Developing Emotional Resilience course is designed to support parents through a range of practical and engaging activities to:

  • gain the techniques and skills for supporting you children to improve their mental strength and wellbeing

  • understand how to help children build and strengthen their resilience

  • enhance children’s relationships with each other, and with significant adults in their lives

  • feel able to support your children to develop general coping skills and mechanisms that help your child with common challenges of everyday life

  • support children to adapt to transitions, changes and pressures from school

  • support children to adapt to issues and change in the home environment

  • Improve parent self-confidence

  • improve understanding of the pressures of adolescence (child development ages and stages)

  • identify the early signs of mental health issues

  • Reduce parental stress

  • Improve parent-child relationship

Practical support strategies and interventions, signposting and guidance will be given to help learners to feel confident in encouraging and maintaining positive mental health and building emotional resilience in children and young people.


Signing up

City of York Council has recently commissioned BrightSparks to run 6 free Developing Emotional Resilience courses in York between July - November 2019 for parents of children aged 6-11. The course consists of two 2.5 hour sessions, one per week for two weeks. You must attend both sessions to complete the course. The courses will take place on the following dates:

  • Tang Hall - Thursday 4th July and 11th July, 9.30 am-12pm at Avenues Children's Centre. SORRY, THIS COURSE IS FULLY BOOKED.

  • City Centre - Thursday 15th August and 22nd August, 6-8pm at Priory Street Centre, Priory Street, York. POSTPONED - TO BE RESCHEDULED.

  • Tang Hall - Thursday 22nd August and 29th August, 9.30am-12.00pm at Avenues Children's Centre. SORRY, THIS COURSE IS FULLY BOOKED.

  • City Centre - Thursday 5th September and 12th September, 6 - 8 pm at Priory Street Centre, Priory Street, York. SORRY, THIS COURSE IS FULLY BOOKED.

  • Acomb - Tuesday 10th and 17th September, 9.30am - 12.00pm at Hob Moor Children's Centre.

  • Clifton - Friday 18th and 25th October 9.30 am -12.00pm at Clifton Children's Centre.

  • Acomb - Thursday 7th November and 14th November 10.30am-1.00pm at Hob Moor Children's Centre. THIS COURSE IS FULLY BOOKED.

Please note, this course is for adults only and, unfortunately, we are unable to provide childcare for learners. Places are allocated on a first come first served basis. We expect there to be high levels of demand, therefore if you are no longer able to attend please let us know so we can offer the place to someone else.

The courses will be run by two experienced facilitators who aim to provide a supportive learning environment. Beyond the life of the course, our tutors are happy to provide advice, support and guidance related to emotional resilience and signpost to appropriate provision.

If you are interested in booking BrightSparks to deliver a course for your organisation, please get in touch to see how we can create customised training for your needs.

Find out more about developing emotional resilience

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