Graduated Approach - Social, emotional and mental health

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 These may include becoming withdrawn or isolated, as well as displaying challenging, disruptive or disturbing behaviour.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
  • physical symptoms that are medically unexplained.

Other children and young people may have disorders, such as: 

  • attention deficit disorder
  • attention deficit
  • hyperactive disorder
  • 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 behaviour so it does not adversely affect other pupils.