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Social, Emotional and Mental Health issues

Types of need and what that could look like

Examples of support available in our school

How we check it is working.

Children and young people who find it difficult to manage their emotions and behaviour in a way that affects their daily life.


Some of the things children and young people with these difficulties might find difficult are:


  • Following rules set by others
  • Sitting still for very long
  • Listening to and follow instructions
  • Understanding how they are feeling
  • Making friends
  • Dealing with their difficulties in a way that does not cause harm to themselves or others
  • Taking responsibility for the things they do


  • Get advice from professionals and specialist staff trained in school to give advice to adults working with the child or young people (Usually Place2Be, Beacon School Support and/or Educational Psychology Service)
  • Extra support can be given in a small group by an adult to help the child learn about how to help themselves
  • Extra support can be given through 1:1 child led therapy sessions (where appropriate) through Place2Be
  • Extra support can be given to the child or young person by an adult for short time during the day to let them talk about the things that upset them (Classroom staff and/or Place2Talk)
  • Individual targets set to help show what the child or young person needs help with
  • Referrals can be made to external professionals to support the child with more complex needs (eg Community Paediatricians, Forward Think Birmingham)
  • Observations of the child or young person to see if they are coping better in school.
  • Talk to adults who have worked with the child or young person
  • Talk to parents
  • Talk to the child or young person
  • Have meetings with parents and other professionals to discuss how we can support the pupil further