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Devon’s Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Local Offer

Social, emotional and mental health

Support with emotional and mental health

To find out how to access mental health services and the support available locally please see the emotional and mental health advice on the Devon Children and Families Partnership website.

Support in schools

Children will be considered to have special educational needs if they need educational arrangements or interventions that are different from those generally offered in a mainstream school.

Schools and colleges should have clear processes to support children and young people, including methods for managing the effects of any disruptive behaviour so it does not adversely affect other pupils.

There are a range of things that can be done to support children or young people in school if they have social and emotional difficulties that affect their behaviour.

Schools may get support from the Social Emotional Mental Health and Wellbeing Team.

Schools can also follow the emotional health and wellbeing pathway which has been developed to support education settings to identify need, implement effective interventions and source appropriate external support in a graduated way. The Pathway follows the I THRIVE Framework which is a person-centred and needs-led approach to supporting mental health needs.