Social, Emotional and Mental Health

SEMH: Which includes ADHD/ADD, OCD, ODD, Eating Disorders.

SEMH (Social, Emotional & Mental Health) is a term that was introduced in the Special Educational Need and Disabilities (SEND) Code of Practice in 2014. It replaced the terms BESD (Behaviour Emotional Social Development) and EBD (Emotional & Behaviour Difficulties). The new abbreviation, SEMH, was the first term to drop the word ‘behaviour’, in an attempt to emphasise that behaviour is only ever a way of communicating something more significant. In other words, referring to behaviour meant that many practitioners were focusing on the behaviours on display, rather than the needs behind the behaviour. Another key change to the term is the inclusion of mental health. Although the use of this term needs to be carefully managed (not least with the young people themselves) it has increased the focus on tackling issues which have an impact on the mental health of children and young people.

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Social, Emotional and Mental Health

Not only is this the category that evokes the greatest range of responses, but it is also the one that has the vaguest set of approaches to it.
Fortunately, we are getting more savvy at finding assessment tools and interventions to support students.

No surprise, that I’m a great fan of Mindscreen and their online assessment tool and intervention resources.




Social Difficulties


Emotional Difficulties



Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder/Attention Deficit Disorder



Obsessive Compulsive Disorder


Mental Health Difficulties


Eating Disorders


Psychological Disorders


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