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Mental Health issues affect children and young people as well as adults, with more than 850,000 children and young people in the UK having been diagnosed with a mental health condition.
Since September 2014, Social, Emotional and Mental Health (SEMH) has also become a category of Special Educational Needs. Children with a SEMH need will receive support in school, and if necessary may begin a Pathway Plan.
At Bell Farm, we endeavour to promote positive mental health. We offer a community of support, and will ensure that:
– we help our children to build emotional resilience
– we help our children to develop self-esteem
– we help our children to develop confidence
– we help our children to develop their social skills
– we help our children to feel valued and a part of Bell Farm
We provide high levels of Pastoral Support at Bell Farm (read more here), and offer support in the form of 1:1 Pastoral Support, Emotional Literacy Support (ELSA) groups, PSHE and we have a school counsellor. We encourage children to talk about any issues that are worrying them, and train our staff to be mindful of children’s emotional and mental well being. Any concerns are passed to our Pastoral Lead, SENCo or Designated Child Protection Officer as appropriate to ensure children are properly supported in school.
We work in close partnership with outside agencies, including Surrey Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS), the Educational Psychology team and Behaviour Support to ensure the best outcomes for our children.
For further information, please see our SEN Information Report