Graduated Approach - Social, emotional and mental health

The SEND Code of Practice states that:

“Children and young people may experience a wide range of social, emotional and mental health difficulties which manifest themselves in many ways. These may include becoming withdrawn or isolated as well as displaying challenging, disruptive and disturbing behaviours. These behaviours may reflect underlying mental health issues 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." (p98, 2015)

The Local Offer states what is expected to be offered to all children in Solihull to support their Social, Emotional and Mental Health (SEMH) needs. The Teaching Standards have been related to each of the universal approaches explored in this section, to emphasise the notion that supporting pupil’s social, emotional and mental health affects all areas of their development.