New ‘Understanding Wellbeing’ resource is launched for practitioners

New ‘Understanding Wellbeing’ resource is launched for practitioners
Children in Scotland has produced a new online free resource for teachers and practitioners working with children and young people - including childminders - to support you in helping them understand of their wellbeing.

‘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 and complement existing resources and approaches, such as GIRFEC, UNCRC and the Curriculum for Excellence.

Supported by the Scottish Government, the new resource 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 (GIRFEC) 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.

Download Improving Children and Young People’s Understanding of their Wellbeing and SCMA members can also access it via the Membership Dashboard.