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Go beyond the school gates for a wellbeing win

If you work in a special school, it is easy to feel overlooked when the government announces its latest policy for education: it seems that ministers often forget we exist.

This was certainly the case when, in October 2018, the government outlined strategies for promoting the mental health and wellbeing of children within schools.

This guidance says that early intervention for mental health needs is paramount. We agree, of course, but the social, emotional and mental health (SEMH) pupils in our provision do not fit the criteria for early intervention; they often have complex mental health needs that require secondary-tier specialist services, such as child and adolescent mental

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