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Education - behaviour development
Behaviour, emotional and social difficulties (BESD) is a term for children who demonstrate withdrawn or isolated, nervous, anxious or depressed behaviour as well as those who act out their anger and frustration with very poor social conduct. Educational psychologists, education social workers and staff in our enhanced mainstream schools (EMS) can advise and support parents, carers and professionals in schools or early years settings about the development, learning or behaviour of their children.
Children and young people who have serious emotional health and well-being problems or mental health difficulties may receive help from the child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS), rather than from local authority services. Diagnosis, advice or direct treatment may come from a primary mental health worker (PMHW), a clinical psychologist or a child psychiatrist.
The educational psychology and early years service supports children and young people in early years settings, schools and the community. Some of its work is with children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND).
The educational psychologists and early years advisory teachers
They also contribute advice for every child or young person undergoing a statutory assessment of special educational needs.
There are a number of enhanced mainstream primary schools (EMS) for pupils with BESD around the county. Children who are referred will remain on their own school roll and receive support from staff based in an EMS. For a small number of pupils with a statement of special educational needs, who need intensive specialist support, it may involve the pupil travelling to one of these schools.More information about EMS and other services that support the special educational needs of children and young people can be found on the special educational needs - co-ordinated support plan page .
Additionally, there are four pupil referral services (five by September 2012) for secondary pupils who have been or who are at risk of exclusion from school; or for those who are unable attend school for medical or mental health reasons.
The education social work service offers advice and support to parents/carers, pupils and school staff where children are having difficulty accessing education. They often use the common assessment framework (CAF) to carry out an initial assessment. Where appropriate, they can carry out assessments that look at the child's experience within the home. Both assessments will help identify needs so that a package of support can be offered.
For children and young people with problems of emotional health and well-being, the children and young people's service (CYPS) is organising support and training for schools to be more aware of mental health issues, to know what can be done in school and who schools can turn to for help.
You can also find more information about the behaviour development of your child and general advice and information about special educational needs and disability elsewhere on this website.