Support and Resources

Support for children and young people with SEMH

If all other areas of SEN have been fully investigated and evidenced that all interventions put in place have had little to no positive effect, then SEMH should be actively investigated as a specific SEN. See our Social, Emotional Mental Health as a Special Educational Need page for more information. 

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Implementation of robust universal and or targeted support should resolve the majority of concerning behaviours. However, if these prove ineffective then specialist support should be sort within educational settings.

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Children and young people may experience a wide range of social and emotional difficulties, which can show in many ways. These may include becoming withdrawn or isolated, or behaving in a way that may challenge. 

These are all types of communication and may reflect underlying mental health difficulties such as, anxiety, depression or unmet needs.

Some children may have medically diagnosed disorders such as attention deficit disorder, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder or attachment disorder.

Please visit the support for parents / carers page for some practical tips.

The Assess, Plan, Do, Review process

The SEND Code of Practice 0-25 promotes the use of the ‘Assess, Plan, Do, Review’ cycle. This is used to meet the needs of pupils and improve practice at many levels ensuring that:

  • Individual pupils at SEN support and those with an EHC plan receive the best possible provision and achieve positive outcomes.
  • SEN provision made by an educational setting evolves to meet the needs of all pupils with SEN.

A Graduated Response and support

When a pupil is identified as having SEN the school must take immediate action. Staff must put effective SEN provision in place and ensure that all barriers to learning are removed. The Graduated response outlines the minimum support that should be put in place for children and young people based on their individual needs.

Cornwall Graduated response tool

Cornwall has a detailed and very effective Graduated response tool which sets out the minimum standards for pupils with SEN across Cornwall. The aim of the document is to inform inclusive, enabling and consistent practice across Cornwall’s schools. This is used in part to plan a child or young person’s SEN provision/s.  

Alongside educational specific support, other community and voluntary support can also be engaged to help resolve issues relating to SEMH. More information on these can be found on the Cornwall SEND Local offer or Family Information Service 

  • MindEd website
    MindEd is a free educational resource on children and young people's mental health for parents and professionals.
  • Kooth Online Councilling/ support
    Kooth, from XenZone, is an online counselling and emotional well-being platform for children and young people, accessible through mobile, tablet and desktop and free at the point of use. 
  • Mind.org.uk
    Mind is a mental health charity that can provide information and support. 
  • Young Minds
    Young Minds is a UK charity championing the wellbeing and mental health of young people.