Social; Emotional; Mental Health Difficulties

Off- task

  • Break down into visible step by step instructions

  • Give sentence starters

  • Use visuals

  • Have a pre agreed non verbal signal to indicate that the CYP needs to re focus

  • Use time out to de escalate, where necessary

Escalation of a scenario

  • Use humour to diffuse (you need to know the CYP)

  • Distract then refocus on the task

  • Teach the CYP to spot the signs of escalation

Non compliant behaviour

  • Use the ABC of behaviour with the CYP

  • Praise when behaviour has been compliant

  • Use visuals for consequences - a flow chart can sometimes be helpful

  • Recognise that behaviour is a form of communication - try to work out what the behaviour is telling you so that you can be pro active with support

Low self esteem

  • Never shame the CYP -if reprimanding, do it away from peers

  • Distinguish between behaviours and the CYP

  • Be authentic with praise

  • Positively comment on qualities such as kindness or bravery rather than attainment

  • Allow opportunities for the CYP to succeed, and exceed expectations

Serious mental health concerns

  • Consult with parents and CYP

  • Consider a referral to CAMHS or a specialist for specific issues such as eating disorders

  • If accepted by CAMHS or the specialist, work closely with them to implement advice in school

If a CYP displays concerning behaviours or says anything that leads you to think that they may be at risk of harm, you MUST follow the safeguarding procedures; log it on MyConcern and inform the DSL straight away