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Recovery, Re-introduction & Renewal: Safe & Successful Returns

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Recovery, Re-introduction and Renewal: A Handbook for Schools and Educational Settings Following Critical Incidents


Written by educational psychologists, the Recovery, Re-introduction and Renewal handbook presents five guiding principles of recovery and a graduated response framework for schools to use in planning the return to school at individual, group and whole-school level. It also includes references to practical resources to share with young people, staff and parents. The handbook and introductory webinar are linked below, as well as a wealth of useful resources to accompany the handbook.

Alongside the handbook and linked resources, you will find resources shared with the AEP to help support members throughout this time. These cover a variety of areas relating to transitions and the safe return to schools for children and young people, parents and schools. 


Handbook - Recovery, Re-introduction & Renewal: Safe and Successful Returns to School


Webinar - Introduction to Recovery, Re-introduction & Renewal handbook

4 steps to embed social emotional learning as you prepare to re-open your school community 

Supporting Young People’s Mental Health during Periods of Disruption: Information and resources for young people, parents/carers and school staff (Anna Freud Centre) 

Mentally Healthy Schools: a free website for primary schools, offering school staff information, advice and practical resources to better understand and promote pupils' mental health and wellbeing. 

Anna Freud: Fortnightly toolkits produced during the coronavirus pandemic 

Kooth: Free, safe and anonymous online counselling service

Young Minds: Free online resources and support for young people and families struggling with self-isolation, coronavirus and the impact it has on mental health 

British Psychological Society Guidance: Resilience and Coping Framework for Transition back to Schools 

British Psychological Society Guidance: Back to School – Using Psychological Perspectives to support recovery 

Education Endowment Foundation: Evidence-based recommendations for improving behaviour in schools, including relationship-based approaches 

Partners in Psychology - Rainbows of Resilience:  Free Social and Emotional Toolkit for Schools

NEW: Children's Views and Experiences of Covid-19 (Birmingham Education Support Services)

BPS Guidance for Adults – Talking to Children about Coronavirus 

NSPCC Guidance for Parents on ‘Talking about Difficult Topics’ 

Guidance on talking to kids and teens about world trauma 

 British Psychological Society Guidance: Talking to children about illness 

Partnership for children - 10 minute activities for parents and carers  to use at home during lockdown and return to school 

 Video messages to children from world leaders 

 Children’s Commissioner -A Children’s Guide to Coronavirus  

 Brain Pop - Simple animation explaining coronavirus to children 

 Comic explaining coronavirus 

Young People’s Views about Return to School  (Southend EPS) 

Back to school - a guide for parents preparing your child for returning to school (National Autism Society)

The Little Elf and the Flowers of Hope and Bravery: A therapeutic story written by educational psychologists to help children explore strong emotions relating to the return to school after coronavirus 

Little Parachutes: books that help children cope with worries, health issues and new experiences (big and small)

Why We Can’t Hug – a story to explain social distancing 

Dave the Dog is worried about Coronavirus 

Good days in Unusual Times 

List of Books and Stories collated by educational psychologists 

Books Beyond Words: Picture stories for people with learning disabilities