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Using the Resilience Matrix to analyse information from the My World Triangle and other sources

Resilience matrix

Resilience matrix

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People using the Resilience matrix need to understand the basic principles of resilience and how they fit in the National Practice Model.

These three building blocks of resilience offer a simple explanation of what we mean by the term:

Secure base

I have…

  • People around me I trust and who love me no matter what
  • People who set limits for me so I know when to stop before there is danger or trouble
  • People who show me how to do things right by the way they do things
  • People who want me to learn to do things on my own
  • People who help me when I am sick, in danger, or need to learn.
Self esteem

I am…

  • A person other people can like and love
  • A person who is happy to do nice things for others and able to show my concern
  • A person who is respectful of myself and of others
  • A person who is willing to be responsible for what I do
  • A person who is sure that in the end things will be alright.
Self efficacy

I can…

  • Talk to other people about the things that frighten or bother me
  • Find ways to solve the problems I might face
  • Control myself when I feel like doing something that’s not right, or that’s dangerous
  • Figure out when it is a good time to talk to someone, or to take action
  • Find someone to help me when I need it.

(Groteberg 1997)

Vulnerability matrix

 Vulnerability matrix

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Resilience / vulnerability matrix

The slightly expanded version (right) gives some indicators of what, for example, a protective environment might look like and how to assess a child or young person’s resilience.

(Do they, for instance, have good self esteem? Do they show good attachment to parents or carers?)