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Out now: New wellbeing resource for teachers and practitioners

Children in Scotland has produced a new resource for teachers and practitioners to support children and young people’s understanding of their wellbeing.

The free resource, Improving Children and Young People’s Understanding of their Wellbeing, aims to:

  • Provide a hub for information on wellbeing
  • Promote easy and open access to practical tools and information
  • Reduce time locating and producing materials
  • Complement existing resources and approaches.

Supported by the Scottish Government, it has been designed in response to the views of children and young people, teachers and practitioners who were involved in consultations, scoping and knowledge exchange sessions.

Children and young people told us they wanted it to showcase activities that were fun, creative, engaging and suitable for their age group.

Children in Scotland’s Head of Policy, Projects and Participation, Amy Woodhouse, said:

“We’re delighted to launch this resource and believe it will be of great value for anyone with an ambition to support children and young people to better understand their wellbeing.

“It complements existing Getting it right for every child information and links to Curriculum for Excellence’s focus on health and wellbeing. And crucially, it supports the implementation of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC), in recognition that children and young people’s rights are central to their wellbeing.”

“The resource has been carefully developed with input from children and young people, and the activities and information it presents all have a strong emphasis on creativity, playfulness and accessibility. We hope you find it useful and would love to hear your feedback.”

The resource is divided into sections for different age groups, ranging from early years to teenagers, with recommendations provided by Scottish Book Trust for books that explore and celebrate wellbeing.

There are also handy links to other resources, including games, films and an exclusive new e-story for 3-7 year olds, There’s a Spider in My Hair!, written by A Bogie and illustrated by Dave Sutton.

For older children, a series of short films co-produced by Media Education and young people explore wellbeing within a secondary school context.

Click here to download the resource

Wellbeing resource

Helping improve children and young people's understanding of their wellbeing

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Watch the film: Becky's Story

The film has an emphasis on developing coping strategies including asking for help

Click here to view

Read the e-book: There's A Spider In My Hair!

This e-book will help children and young people learn to talk about characters and feelings

Click here to view