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Social, emotional and mental health needs (SEMH)

Social, Emotional and Mental Health needs’ (SEMH) is an overarching term for children and young people who show difficulties in one or more of the following:

  • managing their emotions
  • social interaction
  • mental health

These difficulties may be displayed through them becoming withdrawn or isolated, as well as through challenging behaviour.

For some children difficulties in their emotional and social development can mean that they need additional and different provision in their school in order to achieve. It is important that they are able to form and maintain healthy relationships and fully engage in the learning opportunities provided.

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