Social, emotional and mental health (SEMH) needs are a type of special educational needs in which children/young people have severe difficulties in managing their emotions and behaviour. They often show inappropriate responses and feelings to situations.
This means that they have trouble in building and maintaining relationships with peers and adults; they can also struggle to engage with learning and to cope in mainstream education. Children with SEMH difficulties will often feel anxious, scared and misunderstood.
Typical characteristics of children with SEMH needs can include:-
Recent figures estimate that around 150,000 children in mainstream and special schools are suffering from SEMH difficulties.
SEMH difficulties does not have to be a lifelong condition. With appropriate support, children and young people can move forward and live successful lives
Early Intervention and Prevention Services run Targeted Programmes which can be accessed via a brief referral procedure that enables an initial assessment of a young person's risk factors.
Targeted Programmes deliver a range of personal development and support services for children, adolescents, and young adults who are at risk of poor mental health and wellbeing. The service aims to improve individuals self-esteem and empower their personal identity, as a means to enable more effective decision-making and emotional resilience.
Interventions are based on a ten week-long engagement model that provides between ten and twenty hours of contact time per young person. Individuals are usually engaged on a 'one contact session per week' schedule. Within each targeted programme, individuals are encouraged to identify, monitor, and evaluate a range of personal development goals to be achieved, that address their pre-identified risk factors.
Where continuing support needs are identified at the conclusion of the intervention, individuals may be offered a further ten week intervention, or a 'step-across' referral to another relevant service.
Where further support needs are identified, individuals may be 'stepped-up' to statutory services or, where there is a decrease in their support needs, they may 'stepped-down' to universal services providers.
Group-based programmes are offered on a quarterly cycle, with four delivery periods scheduled between April and July (Spring Delivery Period), August (Summer Delivery Period), September and December (Autumn Delivery Period), and January and March (Winter Delivery Period).
Where individuals are referred immediately after the start of the delivery period, they may be offered access to drop-in services until the next service delivery cycle commences. Link Counselling and Information Service has capacity to deliver approximately 120 counselling sessions per week, and service users are generally seen between two and four weeks after requesting access to therapeutic support.
Targeted Programmes deliver a range of discrete interventions that address the mental health and emotional wellbeing of family members in Hillingdon, including:
For more information about Early Intervention and Prevention Services' Targeted Programmes, or to provide feedback on services received or required, please contact the Targeted Programmes Management Group via:
Telephone: 01895 556300 or 01895 250644
Head Office: 4E/01 Civic Centre, High Street, Uxbridge, UB8 1UW
Fieldwork Office: First Floor, Fountain's Mill Young People's Centre, 81 High Street, Uxbridge UB8 1JRLast reviewed: 28/09/2017
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