The Practice Model

This model is designed to help practitioners understand the relationship between a child’s wellbeing needs and formulating actions to meet those needs. This model uses the  wellbeing indicators as a tool to aid thinking about what needs to happen to help the child/young person reach their potential. The model also introduces the ‘My World Triangle’, and the ‘resilience matrix’ to help gather more information if needed, and to make sense of the information so appropriate actions can be taken.

The tools, guidance and process that have been designed all relate to, and support the Practice Model.

Wellbeing Indicators

In order to identify and record needs and concerns in a consistent way, the National Practice Model uses the eight Wellbeing Indicators. These eight indicators represent the key areas that are essential to help children flourish. They provide a common language for all practitioners to note where additional support around children’s wellbeing is needed..


Protected from abuse, neglect or harm at home, at school and in the community


Having the highest attainable standards of physical and mental health, access to suitable healthcare and support in learning to make healthy, safe choices


Having opportunities to take part in activities such as play, recreation and sport.


Having a nurturing place to live in a family setting with additional help if needed or, where this is not possible, in suitable care setting


Being supported and guided in learning and in the development of skills, confidence and self-esteem, at home, in school and in the community.


Having the opportunity, along with carers, to be heard and involved in decisions that affect them.


Having opportunities and encouragement to play active and responsible roles at home, in school and in the community


Having help to overcome social, educational, physical and economic inequalities, and being accepted as part of the community in which they live and learn

My world Triangle

The ‘My world Triangle’ helps to gather information around 3 interconnected areas. These are ‘How I grow and develop’,  ‘What I need from people who look after me’ and ‘My wider world’. Each of these headings have a number of elements that information can be gathered around and strengths and pressures identified. The individual  circumstances of the child/young person would determine what areas require to be explored.

The Resilience Matrix

The Resilience Matrix allows the practitioner to take the strengths and pressures
identified from gathering information using the My World Triangle, along with any
specialist assessments, and to group that information within the four headings of
resilience, vulnerability, protective environment and adversity. The concept of
resilience is fundamental to children’s well-being and is used in assessments by
practitioners from many agencies

Children are one third of our population and all of our future.