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Building Children and Young People's Resilience in Schools


UCL Institute of Health Equity

Subject Keywords: Education
Topic: Health Inequalities
Health Inequalities
Catalogue: Research and Evaluation
Type: Report
Region: United Kingdom

This pair of documents, commissioned by Public Health England (PHE), and written by the UCL Institute of Health Equity, address the role of schools in building children and young people’s resilience and capabilities.

They provide a summary of evidence about the effect of resilience on health, the unequal distribution of resilience and its contribution to levels of health inequalities. The review outlines the potential actions that can be taken in schools in order to build resilience for all children and young people and reduce inequalities in resilience. Throughout, a social determinants approach to resilience is taken. Children and young people’s individual characteristics are seen as shaped by, and related to, inequities in power, money and resources, and the conditions in which they are born, grow, live, and in which they will work and age. Family and community resilience are highly significant and similarly shaped by wider social and economic factors.

The full evidence review and a shorter summary briefing are available to download above.

This document is part of a series. An overview document which provides an introduction to this and other documents in the series, and links to the other topic areas, is available on the ‘Local Action on health inequalities’ project page. A video of Michael Marmot introducing the work is also available on our videos page.






Rights: © PHE
Suggested citation:

UCL Institute of Health Equity. (2014) Building Children and Young People's Resilience in Schools [Online]. Available from: [Accessed: 20th November 2019].


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