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Information and guidance on child and adolescence mental health

Research shows that up to 10% of pupils aged 5 to 15 experience mental health issues at some point in their life. It's essential that they get the help they need as quickly as possible. Issues such as lack of confidence, anxiety, low mood, and depression, conduct and eating disorders can impact significantly on their happiness and life chances.

Schools and the teachers are the key people who can make a key difference to disadvantaged children and young people. Those young people who hide their needs can benefit hugely from vital support and care in the simplest of ways.

The latest documents can help schools to develop their response as well as their whole school approach to promoting emotional health and wellbeing.

Further information is available on the SchoolsNet SEND health and well being section and useful documents may be downloaded from the Derby and Derbyshire Safeguarding Children Partnership policies and procedures page.

There are a number of resources and contact points in the document library signposting you to a number of agencies who can help, for example:

The Centre for Mental Health provide a fact sheet for children and young people's mental health.

Mental Health and Behaviour in schools

This is non-statutory, departmental advice from the Department for Education (DfE)

This advice aims to help schools to support pupils whose mental health problems manifest themselves in behaviour.

Further information on mental health and well being can be found on our Five ways to wellbeing and Relationship, sex and health education pages.

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