Building Resilience: A Model to Support Children and Young People



Building Resilience: A model to support children and young people is based on research which highlights the importance of taking a multi-dimensional school-wide approach to building resilience. To read more about the evidence base which supports this work, please see: Building Resilience Literature Review

Building Resilience in School Communities Grants Program

The Building Resilience in School Communities Grants Program will support Victorian government schools to build the resilience and wellbeing of their students through professional capacity building, in line with the Building Resilience model.

The Program will build school and teacher capacity to undertake whole school approaches to enhance students’ resilience, optimism, confidence, and social and emotional skills. Children and young people with higher resiliency are more likely to thrive in learning and achieve greater educational outcomes.

117 Victorian government schools have been awarded a grant package to the value of $3,500 to:

  • Survey students to determine their resilience and wellbeing
  • Apply the findings of the survey to identify and use whole-school approaches and targeted interventions to build student resilience and wellbeing
  • Participate in professional learning to build teacher capacity to improve student resilience and wellbeing.

Schools will be supported to draw on the Building Resilience model through the Program.

A list of the grant recipients is available below:

Building Resilience online portal

Building Resilience online assists schools to easily access programs, tools and resources designed to enhance the resilience of children and young people. Through this interactive portal, you can access:

  • information, advice and resources about school-wide approaches to encourage the resilience and wellbeing of students and staff, (including an evidence-base literature review).
  • a wide range of evidence-based materials and resources developed both by the Department and external organisations to assist teachers across key health and wellbeing areas, including: social and emotional learning, positive social relationships, drug education, sexuality education, mental health and health promotion. This includes the new Building Resilience Social and Emotional Learning Materials for students across Years Prep-12, which support teachers to explicitly teach students important life skills, as problem-solving, positive coping and help-seeking. To view the resources, see: Building Resilience Social and Emotional Learning Materials ​
  • resources to guide schools in supporting all students, as well as advice on appropriate referral pathways for students requiring specialist assessment or intervention.

Renowned child and adolescent psychologist Andrew Fuller has also done significant research related to resilience in children and young people, with particular focus on the importance of empowering students to increase their own resilience. 

The Department’s new Student Transition and Resilience Training (START) resource, developed in partnership with Andrew Fuller, has been designed to enhance the capacity of schools to build students’ resilience during their transition from Year 6 to Year 7. The resource aims to equip students with the skills they need to make a positive start to secondary school and to build a foundation for their secondary school education. To view the resource, see: START 

For more information, see: Andrew Fuller​

To access an innovative resilience survey online tool developed by Andrew and his team, see: Resilient Youth Australia