Support for students with SEMH Needs

'Social, Emotional and Mental Health needs' (SEMH) may lead to children becoming withdrawn or isolated, as well as displaying challenging behaviour.

SEMH is an overarching term for children and young people who have difficulties in one or more of the following:

  • managing their emotions
  • social interaction
  • mental health

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

The government published guidance in June 2014, to help teachers better identify underlying mental health problems in young people – meaning fewer pupils should be incorrectly labelled as trouble-makers. The intention is to ensure pupils with unmet mental health needs get the help they need at an earlier stage. At the same time, it should enable teachers to be more confident in spotting those children who are simply behaving badly, and do not have a mental health issue.

The guidance created by the DfE in consultation with headteachers, mental health professors and the Department of Health, is designed to ensure teachers are confident in finding help for at-risk pupils.

The BACME team are able to offer support and intervention in schools for concerns around SEMH.

To make a referral for SEMH support please email a referral form to

Guidance and Toolkits

Below you will find a range of guidance and toolkits for understanding Social, Emotional and Mental Health Needs.

Last update: Friday 22nd of May 2020 01:29:04 PM