My Coping Blueprint for Bad Days: Safety Plan

My Coping Blueprint for Bad Days Safety Planning Risk Plan for Children and Young People by Exciting Teacher

Creating a plan for a bad day. This resource supports children to think about a simple plan for keeping themselves safe during a bad day. Children are encouraged to identify distraction techniques, safe spaces, safe actions, people who can help and support them, ways to look after themself, and positive affirmations that they can tell themselves.

This worksheet can be used for safety planning and supporting with keeping children and young people safer. It is not a replacement for professional medical and psychological support should you be concerned about a child’s safety then please seek professional support.

This is suitable for upper KS2 and up.

How could this resource be used?

  • To support with appropriate safety planning. 
  • To encourage children to consider ways to keep themselves mentally safe with appropriate strategies for support.

Relevant Curriculum Links:

England PSHE – Which statutory PSHE curriculum* objectives does this resource fall into? *in line with the PSHE Association 2021 Statutory Guidance.

  • KS1: H18 – different things they can do to manage big feelings, to help calm themselves down and/or change their mood when they don’t feel good.
  • KS1: H19 – to recognise when they need help with feelings; that it is important to ask for help with feelings; and how to ask for it.
  • KS2: H20 –  strategies to respond to feelings, including intense or conflicting feelings; how to manage and respond to feelings appropriately and proportionately in different situations.
  • KS2: H21 – to recognise warning signs about mental health and wellbeing and how to seek support for themselves and others.

Scottish Health and Wellbeing Curriculum Outcome(s):

  • Mental and Emotional Wellbeing:
    • I understand that my feelings and reactions can change depending upon what is happening within and around me. This helps me to understand my own behaviour and the way others behave. HWB 0-04a / HWB 1-04a / HWB 2-04a / HWB 3-04a / HWB 4-04a.
    • I am learning skills and strategies which will support me in challenging times, particularly in relation to change and loss. HWB 0-07a / HWB 1-07a / HWB 2-07a / HWB 3-07a / HWB 4-07a.
    • I understand the importance of mental wellbeing and that this can be fostered and strengthened through personal coping skills and positive relationships. I know that it is not always possible to enjoy good mental health and that if this happens there is support available. HWB 0-06a / HWB 1-06a / HWB 2-06a / HWB 3-06a / HWB 4-06a.
    • I understand that there are people I can talk to and that there are a number of ways in which I can gain access to practical and emotional support to help me and others in a range of circumstances. HWB 0-03a / HWB 1-03a / HWB 2-03a / HWB 3-03a / HWB 4-03a.
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