Social and Emotional Mental Health


Guston Church of England Primary School is committed to supporting children's mental health. We offer a range of support in school which is detailed on the school provision plan. The school was part of the Mental Healths Champion Programme. Our named mental health champion is Miss Claire Lawrence and she works closely with the Inclusion Manager Mrs Tracey Tee to support both staff, children and families.

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.

Children can 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 will often feel anxious, scared and misunderstood.

Typical characteristics of children with SEMH can include:-

  • Disruptive, antisocial and uncooperative behaviour
  • Temper tantrums
  • Frustration, anger and verbal and physical threats / aggression
  • Withdrawn and depressed attitudes
  • Anxiety and self-harm
  • Stealing
  • Truancy

Recent figures estimate that around 150,000 children in mainstream and special schools are suffering from SEMH.

SEMH does not have to be a lifelong condition. With appropriate support children and young people can move forward and live successful lives.

SEMH difficulties can result from a range of medical and environmental circumstances, often from very early childhood but can develop at any time. It is important to recognise a child's difficulties and help them to deal with them as soon as possible. Please feel free to share any concerns you feel relevent to your child's well being. At Guston we believe a happy child is a child that can learn and grow and develop to their full potential.

Support for Children and Parents

Kent's mental health support services are provided by North East London NHS Foundation Trust (NELFT). Where appropriate the school and parents can refer directly for mental health support to CYPMHS,(Children and Young People's Mental Health Service). Kent CYPMHS provides emotional wellbeing and mental health advice and support for young people and their families across Kent through

  • Online self–help
  • Sign-posting to other organisations
  • Crisis support
  • Specialist assessments
  • Face to face therapy either individually or in groups
  • If you have been discharged you can refer yourself back into the service at any time.


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Other Useful Organisations and Links

Young Minds

Mindful Parenting

Mental Health First Aid Armed Forces



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