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Social, emotional and mental health (SEMH)

The SEN Code of Practice (2015) no longer includes ‘behaviour’ as part of this category of need. The reasoning is that a child’s behaviour is perceived as a communication about the child’s state of mind and may be caused by a variety of factors such as:

sensory overload
anger, including anger about pervasive life situations or undisclosed difficulties
response to trauma or attachment difficulties
frustration due to speech and communication difficulties
response to the wrong level of challenge in lessons
physical pain or discomfort, such as hunger
underlying mental health problems
undisclosed physical, mental or sexual abuse

To find out ‘What Works’ follow the link: Social Emotional and Mental Health | Whole School SEND

Get key resources like the SEMH Positive Outcomes (SPOT) Toolkit and SEMH Graduated response guidance at SEMH resources for SENCo’s, teachers, and professionals.

Emotionally Based Barriers to School Attendance (EBBSA) Support Team | NELC (

Makaton Signs and Symbols: Bereavement – Free download

Download File | Makaton (

Remember that we offer Makaton training locally. NELC SEND Local Offer | Events and Training (

NELC SEND Local Offer | Transforming Care Programme (

NELC SEND Local Offer | Eating Disorders (

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