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What is SEMH (Social, Emotional and Mental Health)?

What is SEMH (Social, Emotional and Mental Health)?

Social, emotional and mental health (SEMH) needs are a type of special educational needs in which children/young people have severe difficulties in managing their emotions and behaviour.

This means that they have trouble in building and maintaining relationships with peers and adults; they can also struggle to engage with learning and to cope in classroom without additional strategies and interventions. Children with SEMH will often feel anxious, scared and misunderstood.

Typical characteristics of children with SEMH can include:-

  • Disruptive, antisocial and uncooperative behaviour

  • Temper tantrums

  • Frustration, anger and verbal and physical threats / aggression

  • Withdrawn and depressed attitudes

  • Anxiety and self-harm

  • Stealing

  • Truancy

  • Vandalism

  • Drug abuse

  • Setting fires

SEMH does not have to be a lifelong condition. With appropriate support children and young people can move forward and live successful lives.

Updated May 2020

 

 

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