Social, Emotional and Mental Health

Social, Emotional and Mental health (SEMH) needs are a type of special educational need in which children & young people have severe difficulties in managing their emotions, behaviour and forming relationships. They can often show inappropriate responses and feelings to situations.  Typical characteristics of children/young adults with SEMH are mood swings, frustrations, verbal, physical threats and stealing.  Children & young adults are all different so may only show a couple of the characteristics or many.

Support Services and Information


Mindscreen experience® is an enlightening and engaging programme which will help your child to recognise their unique skills and interests, and build up their self-awareness and confidence.  With your support your child will create their own personal profile and go onto complete the engaging activities throughout the 9 lessons. 

All of the activities are designed to help your child increase their self-understanding, self-belief, and self-esteem. They’ll begin to gain a deeper understanding about their own personal preferences and what motivates and inspires them. You’ll gain a deeper appreciation of them as individuals and begin to recognise how you differ from them. Recommended for children with a reading age of 11 years and over.

For students - "Pupils reported increased confidence, increased planning and communication skills and higher aspirations

For parents - I loved every moment of the Mindscreen experience® and learned so much about my boys, as well as how to build confidence in myself too.


#Don't Do It Alone - Kooth campaign

Anxiety Workbook

BPS Leaflet - Talking to Children about Illness

Helping CYP Manage Anxiety - a practical guide


Enjoy these (click here) free therapist-designed resources that share empowering skills with children! 

Through My Window by Naomi Moore

Parent Guides - Mindset by Natalie Costa


Kooth is a FREE web based confidential support service available to young people. Kooth provides a safe and secure means of accessing mental health and wellbeing support designed specifically for young people.

Kooth offers young people the opportunity to have a text-based conversation with a qualified counsellor. Counsellors are available from 12noon to 10pm on weekdays and 6pm to 10 pm at weekends, every day of the year on a drop-in basis. Young people can access regular booked online counselling sessions as needed. Outside counselling hours’ young people can message our team and get support by the next day.

When students register with Kooth they will have support available to them now and in the future. Support can be gained not only through counselling but articles, forums and discussion boards. All content is age appropriate, clinically approved and fully moderated.

For instructions on how to sign up, click here.


The following guide has useful tips and advice for parents to help their teens overcome body image issues, academic anxiety, peer pressure, and cyberbullying, including links to other important teen mental health resources - all of which can be helpful in these uncertain times. 

Teen Mental Health – A Guide for Parents

Useful Websites

Screen Usage Guide

Secondary Network Group – Spotlight Resources on Wellbeing

Guidance and practical tools to support children’s mental health during the coronavirus crisis. Available from the Anna Freud Centre here

Helping children and young people to manage anxiety booklet - Anna Freud Centre

This guide offers approaches for school staff or parents and carers to help children and young people manage anxiety during this period. Click here. 


Child Bereavement UK

Children and Bereavement - NHS


Well Being Calendar




www.kooth.com: On-line counselling for emotional well-being platform for children and young adults.

www.familyaction.org.uk: Provides practical, emotional and financial help.

www.youngminds.org.uk: Committed to improving childrens’ wellbeing and mental health.

www.autism.org.uk: The National Autistic Society is the leading UK charity for autistic people (including Aspergers) and their families.


Resources include:

  • ‘Health and wellbeing during the Coronavirus outbreak’
  • ‘Someone I know has Coronavirus story’
  • ‘Home and School Coronavirus resource pack’
  • ‘Social Contact Story’
  • ‘Coronavirus Story for children’
  • ‘Coronavirus 14 day self isolation activities’

Includes a dedicated section for Coronavirus support, providing free resources for teaching staff and parents to help children cope with the current viral outbreak.

https://managing-change.middletownautism.com/ resources aimed at autistic pupils, but could be used with others to support change, particularly around COVID 19.

https://www.autismlittlelearners.com/search/label/My%20Freebies?updated-max=2020-07-05T17:59:00-07:00&max-results=20&start=20&by-date=false A range of social stories and resources around a lot of different life issues, including COVID 19, that can be used to support children’s understanding.

https://www.callscotland.org.uk/downloads/posters-and-leaflets/ipad-apps-for-complex-communication-support-needs/ iPad Apps for Complex Communication Support Needs

https://www.bookofbeasties.com/ Create a free account to access certain activities and resources to support mindfulness and well-being.

https://www.understood.org/en/school-learning/learning-at-home/games-skillbuilders/social-emotional-activities-for-children a selection of games to play to build children’s social and emotional awareness

https://classroom.thenational.academy/specialist/subjects/independent-living Oak academy lesson developing life skills such as dressing, personal care etc.

https://life-skills.middletownautism.com/ Resources aimed at support children with autism develop essential life skills such as personal hygiene, self-care, safety, managing work and leisure activities.

Red Cross Resources

Safe and Active at Home

First Aid at Home

Kindness and Coping 

A history of kindness study plan

Living together with kindness study plan

Messages of kindness study plan

Power of kindness calendar

Stories of resilience study plan

The Red Cross Needs You colouring sheet

Learning Support Assistant

Ms S Wright