Mental Health and Behaviour in Schools

Mental Health and Behaviour in Schools

Schools say that this is a difficult area. They want to know what the evidence says, share approaches to supporting children at risk of developing mental health problems and be clearer on their own and others’ responsibilities.

One in ten children and young people aged 5 to 16 has a clinically diagnosed mental health disorder and around one in seven has less severe problems.  The Department for Education has developed advice and practical tools to help schools to promote positive mental health in their pupils and identify and address those with less severe problems at an early stage and build their resilience.  This advice will also helps schools identify and support pupils with more severe needs and help them to make appropriate referrals to specialist agencies such as Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) where necessary.

Who is this advice for?

Primary and secondary school teachers, pastoral leaders, Special Educational Needs Coordinators, designated teachers for looked after children and others working to support children who suffer from, or are at risk of developing, mental health problems.