Social, emotional and mental health

Social, Emotional and Mental Health


Within the code of practice (, social, emotional and mental health is defined as follows:


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‘Children and young people may experience a wide range of social and emotional difficulties which manifest themselves in many ways. These may include becoming withdrawn or isolated, as well as displaying challenging, disruptive or disturbing behaviour. These behaviours may reflect underlying mental health difficulties such as anxiety or depression, self-harming, substance misuse, eating disorders or physical symptoms that are medically unexplained. Other children and young people may have disorders such as attention deficit disorder, attention deficit hyperactivedisorder or attachment disorder.’


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‘Schools and colleges should have clear processes to support children and young people, including how they will manage the effect of any disruptive behaviour so it does not adversely affect other pupils.’


The SEN Code of Practice (2015) no longer includes ‘behaviour’ as part of this category of need. The reasoning is that a child’s behaviour is perceived as a communication about the child’s state of mind and may be caused by a variety of factors such as:

  • anxiety
  • sensory overload
  • anger, including anger about pervasive life situations or undisclosed difficulties
  • response to trauma or attachment difficulties
  • frustration due to speech and communication difficulties
  • response to the wrong level of challenge in lessons
  • grief
  • overwhelm
  • physical pain or discomfort, such as hunger
  • underlying mental health problems
  • undisclosed physical, mental or sexual abuse

This list is illustrative, not exhaustive.

All staff at Powick CofE Primary School have had training on a range of mental health and well being difficulties as well as the practice of being a Trauma Informed School.


Class teachers carry out a whole class Motional  screening that identifies individuals in need of additional short term intervention. This is used to build a short term intervention program delivered individually or in small groups.

At Powick C of E Primary School we work closely with:


School Nurse

Parents can see them at school via prior arrangement within the school term or within their home. Please contact school if you wish to speak to the school nurse.


Early Help Family Support 

If you are experiencing difficulties in your family or are worried about your children, there are people who can offer help and support. 


Perryfields Behaviour Support Team

The Perryfields Outreach Team  provides preventative behaviour support to school. They deliver tailored programmes of support us to promote positive behaviour management strategies and champion inclusive practice.


The Reach4Wellbeing Team 

Part of Starting Well Service which is run by Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust. It promotes and supports emotional wellbeing for children and young people aged 5-19 years old. They offer short-term group support programmes for those experiencing emotional difficulties, specifically anxiety, low mood and self-harm.


Contact Us

  • Powick CofE Primary School
  • 42 Malvern Road, Powick, Worcester, Worcestershire, WR2 4RT