Best Practice

Effective in-school SEMH and counselling support

The pandemic has brought pastoral and social, emotional and mental health support to the fore. Sarah May discusses her role as an SEMH support worker across a primary and secondary setting

If there is one thing that the coronavirus pandemic has highlighted it is that schools are about so much more than educating students; schools are the hub of a community, representing a microcosm of the areas they serve.

Over the past decade, with the growing incidence of mental health issues among children and young people, there has been increasing emphasis on the important role which schools play in improving mental health.

The government now expects schools to have a designated mental health lead in place by 2025, to have a whole-school approach to mental health, and to work in a joined-up way with community mental health professionals (SecEd, 2021).

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