Risk and resilience toolkit

Resources to support the building of resilience in pupils

Thank you for visiting Oxfordshire’s Risk and Resilience Toolkit for education professionals, which has been created following recommendations from several Serious Case Reviews in Oxfordshire in recent years.

In Oxfordshire we know that there are strong links between children being abused through child sexual exploitation and other behaviours such as running away from home or care, bullying, self-harm, teenage pregnancy, truancy and substance misuse. In addition children with a history of abuse and those with parents who have mental health problems, disabilities, drugs or alcohol misuse or domestic violence and abuse are also particularly vulnerable to sexual exploitation.

Some children are particularly vulnerable, for example, children with special needs, those who are looked after, those leaving care, migrant children, unaccompanied asylum seeking children, forced marriage and those involved in gangs.

Preventative approaches need to include building resilience. Increasing children’s resilience increases their chances of happy healthy relationships.

The Safeguarding in Education Sub-Group of the Oxfordshire Safeguarding Children Board (OSCB) has been asked to provide a ‘space’ where education professionals can quickly and efficiently share and access appropriate resources to support the development of children’s resilience. The intention is to help them manage risk eg in situations related to alcohol, drugs domestic violence, bullying, exploitation of all kinds; and to promote their health and wellbeing, especially mental and emotional health, so that they can reach their full potential.

This webpage brings together:

  • resources which have been considered appropriate by members of the Safeguarding in Education Group
  • links to relevant webpages provided by bona fide organisations
  • links to OCC anti-bullying resources
  • relevant case studies from Oxfordshire schools

Currently Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) is compulsory in council-maintained secondary schools but not academies, free schools or primary schools, although in reality, most academies and free schools do provide these lessons. Parents are free to withdraw their children if they wish to do so. The only exceptions to this are the biological aspects of human growth and reproduction that are essential elements of National Curriculum Science. The education must be appropriate to the age and religious background of pupils. This toolkit is also intended to support schools in preparing for the new requirements in 2019.

We hope that you are able to find what you are looking for and that this page helps you in your valuable work to promote children’s resilience, whether through the curriculum, school assemblies, or other educational activities.

Please email SchoolImprovementTeam@Oxfordshire.gov.uk if you find that a link needs updating, have a query or have any resources you would like to suggest adding.

Thank you


The following resources will support you with the prevention and management of bullying.  If bullying is not appropriate managed this can have a severe impact on children’s self-esteem, mental health, school engagement and attendance.

The Anti-Bullying Homepage (with links to all areas of bullying) - Anti-Bullying

This is the main section for supporting you with your Anti-Bullying policy and practice and includes the following: National guidance from the government and other bodies, local Oxfordshire guidance including Schools Anti-Bullying Self-Assessment and Action Plan, Anti-Bullying policy checklist, Oxfordshire template for recording bullying, Oxfordshire E-safety Cyberbullying Toolkit, Oxfordshire Homophobic, Biphobic and Transphobic bullying toolkit, Oxfordshire sexting toolkit, Oxfordshire online bullying survey and more - Anti-Bullying - Policies and Guidance        

Guidance, resources and links to support you with addressing homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying - Homophobic, Biphobic and Transphobic-bullying  

Guidance, resources and links to support you with promoting online safety and managing cyberbullying -Internet Safety and Cyberbullying       

Oxfordshire is an All Together local authority with funding from the DfE to address bullying of children who have SEN or a disability. This link takes you to the SEND hub provided by the Anti-Bullying Alliance and more information about the All Together programme including online CPD Anti-Bullying training for staff - Special Needs and Disability Bullying     


Chelsea's Choice

Chelsea's Choice’ is an innovative and powerful production highlighting the very serious and emotional issue of child sexual exploitation. - http://www.alteregocreativesolutions.co.uk/chelseas-choice/

Oxfordshire Safeguarding Childrens Board (OSCB)

Oxfordshire Safeguarding Children Board (OSCB) is the means by which organisations in Oxfordshire come together to agree on how they will cooperate with one another to safeguard and promote the welfare of children - http://www.oscb.org.uk/

Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH)

MASH seeks to enable the sharing of information so risks to children can be identified at an early stage.
It is a link between universal services such as schools and GPs and statutory services such as police and social care. - https://www.oxfordshire.gov.uk/cms/content/multi-agency-safeguarding-hub

Domestic violence

*Information currently being added


Oxford Against Cutting (OAC)

Oxford Against Cutting is a rights-based group working to help prevent female genital mutilation (FGM) of girls and women living in Oxfordshire. - https://www.oxfordagainstcutting.org/

PSHE Association - FGM

Information sheet on addressing FGM in schools, recognising warning signs and external support. - https://www.pshe-association.org.uk/

Healthy lifestyles

Wow Challenge – walking to school - https://www.livingstreets.org.uk/what-we-do/projects/wow

Oxfordshire Sport and Physical Activity

Oxfordshire Sport and Physical Activity represents and supports key partners in providing sport and active recreation opportunities for Oxfordshire - https://www.oxspa.co.uk

Mental health and wellbeing (including self-harm)

Scheme of work example looking at Healthy Choices and Body Image - Healthy Choices (Lesson 3 & Intro) - pdf

Time to Change

Resources for schools and youth professionals designed to create an open, supportive culture around mental health.- https://www.time-to-change.org.uk/


A free educational resource on children and young people's mental health for all adults - https://www.minded.org.uk/

The aim of this toolkit is to make schools and college staff aware of the range of validated instruments that can be used to measure and monitor student mental wellbeing. - Measuring Wellbeing Toolkit


A range of resources and toolkits, provide by the YoungMinds charity which are specifically designed to help you to help improve children and young people's mental health.- https://youngminds.org.uk/resources/tools-and-toolkits/

Rise Above for Schools

Draws on the Rise Above website which features content co-created with young people. The website is designed for young people aged 11-16 and aims to delay and prevent them from engaging in exploratory risky behaviours and promote good mental health - https://riseabove.org.uk/

Under My Skin

Commissioned by Oxfordshire County Council’s Public Health Directorate, Under My Skin is a fast-paced, funny and hard-hitting play about self-harm, touring to schools across the county. - http://pegasustheatre.org.uk/shows/under-my-skin/

Mental Health in Schools Award

The Carnegie Centre of Excellence for Mental Health in Schools, exists to strengthen the mental health of the next generation by supporting schools to make a positive change at all levels of the UK's education system, thereby improving outcomes and life chances. - http://www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/carnegie-school-of-education/carnegie-centre-of-excellence-for-mental-health-in-schools/

School Well

Wellbeing resources pertaining to everyone in schools - http://schoolwell.co.uk/

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) Training

Mental Health training to empower people to care for themselves and others - https://mhfaengland.org/


The sex education forum provides useful information about plans from the government to introduce statutory RSE http://www.sexeducationforum.org.uk/policy-campaigns/faqs-on-statutory-sre-2017.aspx . The following links to the relevant government publication:  https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/relationships-education-rse-and-pshe 

The PHSE Association has a range of approved resources to support schools with the development of RSE. The following are examples of some that schools may find useful. Please search www.phse-association.org.uk for further details. Some resources are free and some require additional payment – full details on the website.

PSHE Association

CPD programme for PHSE co-ordinators to support them with developing these resources - https://www.pshe-association.org.uk/curriculum-and-resources/resources/

Expect Respect Education Toolkit by Women's Aid 

A comprehensive package of teaching materials focusing on abuse in relationships - https://www.pshe-association.org.uk/curriculum-and-resources/resources/


Online safety for primary schools including sharing inappropriate images, grooming online - PSHE Association. *Primary - https://www.pshe-association.org.uk/curriculum-and-resources/resources/nspcc-share-aware-resources

Betty for Schools

Lessons about menstruation for 8 -11 and 11+ *Primary - https://bettyforschools.co.uk/resources


Comedy drama on RSE. *Secondary - https://www.truetube.co.uk/film/screwball

Disrespect NoBody 

Discussion guides and session plans to support the Government’s Disrespect NoBody campaign aimed at preventing abuse in teenage relationships. *Secondary - https://www.pshe-association.org.uk/curriculum-and-resources/resources/

SRE Covered (Islington Healthy Schools Team) - PSHE Association

Resources which address a wide range of sex and relationship education topics. These need to be purchased. *Secondary - https://www.pshe-association.org.uk/curriculum-and-resources/resources/sre-covered

SRE Project - ApauseToo Toolkit

ApauseToo (Added Power and Understanding in Sex Education) SRE packs for schools aimed at key stage 3 & 4. *Secondary - http://www.sreproject.org/apause-resources-available

Healthy Shropshire

The Shropshire Respect Yourself Relationship and Sex Education programme is a co-ordinated county wide approach for primary and secondary schools. The programme provides a comprehensive, spiral, cross phase scheme of work containing lesson plans, resources, assessment and teacher's guidance for year 1-11 - http://www.healthyshropshire.co.uk/topics/sexual-health/relationships-and-sex-education/

CWP Resources

Teaching resources to support the delivery of a comprehensive SRE programme for Primary and Secondary Schools. - https://cwpresources.co.uk/resources/

£125 - Primary

£125 - Secondary


DO provides expert-led support and resources to ensure truly inclusive RSE is being delivered in our schools. Free resources for Key Stage 4 - http://www.dosreforschools.com/

Substance misuse

The Alcohol and Drug Education and Prevention Information Service

The Alcohol and Drug Education and Prevention Information Service (ADEPIS) was developed by the prevention charity Mentor UK as a platform for sharing information and resources aimed at schools and practitioners working in drug and alcohol prevention - http://mentor-adepis.org/                                                    


​FRANK helps you find out everything you might want to know about drugs (and some stuff you don't) Confidential advice and support. - http://www.talktofrank.com/

Transgender and gender questioning


Stonewall’s guide “Supporting LGBT Young People” provides a very useful section on supporting transgender young people. - http://www.stonewall.org.uk/our-work/education-resources

Gendered Intelligence (GI)

A community interest company who aim to increase understanding of gender diversity. The work predominantly with the trans community and those who impact on trans lives; They particularly specialise in supporting young trans people aged 8-25. They provide training and workshops and a newsletter for parents and carers. - http://genderedintelligence.co.uk/

Mermaids UK

A charity that provide family and individual support for teenagers and children with gender identity issues. - http://www.mermaidsuk.org.uk/

Gender Identity Research & Education Society (GIRES)

GIRES provides information for trans people, their families and professionals working with them. They also provide http://www.gires.org.uk/education/information-for-educators which includes links to helpful documents e.g. Memorandum of Understanding produced by GIRES on the law and good practice for a pupil to be able to transition in a school environment; link to guidance from the former DCSF on preventing and responding to sexual, sexist and transphobic bullying http://www.gires.org.uk/assets/Schools/DCSF-01136-2009.pdf


Inspiring Equality in Education

School resources - £45.00 or £29 for download - http://each.education/resources/shop

Brighton & Hove Education & Enterprise Marketplace (BEEM)

Brighton has also produced a free toolkit for schools to promote inclusion of Trans and gender variant children and young people. - http://www.beem.org.uk/Article/40681

The Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (SABP) and the Gender Identity Research and Education Society (GIRES) have jointly developed an excellent e-learning resource on caring for gender nonconforming young people which is aimed at professionals and families. - http://cs1.e-learningforhealthcare.org.uk/public/GEV/GEV_01_001/story.html

Other useful links and information

The website oxme.info is Oxfordshire County Council's website for young people and includes information about opportunities, activities and services for children and young people in Oxfordshire. - http://oxme.info/
Speak out Stay Safe - NSPCC
The NSPCC's Speak out Stay safe programme gives a generation of children the knowledge and understanding they need to stay safe from abuse and neglect. - https://www.nspcc.org.uk/services-and-resources/working-with-schools/speak-out-stay-safe-service/ 
Teaching resources available from the NSPCC which have been approved by the PSHE Association - 
An independent charity and the service is provided free of charge. SAFE! can offer you support if you have been hurt by crime. - 
This briefing a summary of the key evidence that highlights the link between health and wellbeing and educational attainment. - 
Association for Young People’s Health
Resources and research materials provided by the Association for Young People’s Health (AYPH). AYPH the UK’s leading independent voice for youth health who work to improve the health and wellbeing of 10-24 year olds..
Promoting emotional wellbeing and positivemental health of children and young people - Emotional Health and Wellbeing Pathway
Providing support, advice and guidance for the wellbeing of Looked After Children. - Virtual School
A provision map organised by the Inclusion Team to support schools in supporting disadvantaged pupils - Provision Map for Pupils with SEN
A range of widely used materials and support organisations to support pupils with SEMH - SEMH Intervention Materials and Organisations
Disability Matters is a free e-learning resource for the UK workforce. - 
In-Formed is a service provided by The Training Effect and funded by Oxfordshire County Council for young people, schools and parents that delivers services related to risk-taking behaviours and adolescent concerns and issues.- www.in-formed.org.uk
Supporting a student back to full attendance over 3 years
This anonymised cast study will show just how effective the right intervention and support can be - Case Study

Useful services


A free, private and confidential service where you can be you. Whatever your worry, whenever you need help, however you want to get in touch. - https://www.childline.org.uk/


The leading children's charity in the UK, specialising in child protection and dedicated to the fight for every childhood. NSPCC are the only UK children's charity with statutory powers and that means they can take action to safeguard children at risk of abuse. - https://www.nspcc.org.uk/

School Health Nursing service provided by OH

The service provides advice, guidance and support with  mental health and wellbeing, relationships and sexual health, smoking, alcohol and drugs, healthy eating and physical activity and long term health conditions - https://www.oxfordhealth.nhs.uk/children-and-young-people/oxon/school-health-nursing/

In-formed / Risky Behaviours Service provide by the Training Effecthttp://www.thetrainingeffect.co.uk/in-formed

Aquarius, the Young Person’s Substance Misuse Service - https://www.oxfordshire.gov.uk/cms/content/aquarius-service