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Social, Emotional & Mental Health Difficulties

Children and young people may experience a wide range of social and emotional difficulties which manifest themselves in many ways. These may include becoming withdrawn or isolated, as well as displaying challenging, disruptive or disturbing behaviour. These behaviours may reflect underlying mental health difficulties such as anxiety or depression, self-harming, substance misuse, eating disorders or physical symptoms that are medically unexplained. 


Other children and young people may have disorders such as attention deficit disorder, attention deficit hyperactive disorder or attachment disorder.

Schools and colleges should have clear processes to support children and young people, including how they will manage the effect of any disruptive behaviours so it does not adversely affect other pupils. These processes are outlined in the school Behaviour Policy.


The Department for Education publishes guidance on managing pupils' mental health and behaviour difficulties in schools and this information can be found on their website.

School may need to seek specialist support when children have any of the above mentioned issues. A range of agencies can be accessed to help to support you child's needs.