Social Emotional Mental Health (SEMH)

Social Emotional Mental Health (SEMH)


We are a team of specialist teachers and practitioners working within the Social, Communication, Interaction, & Learning Team (SCIL Team) alongside the other specialist areas of Communication and Interaction (including Autism), Early Years and Learning Support (Cognition and Learning.  For full details of our offer, please visit  About SCIL Team on our Skills4Bradford pages.  

Our SEMH specialists offer advice and support on a wide range of topics under the SEMH umbrella such as: 

  • Writing a risk assessment
  • ADHD and ADD
  • Nurturing provision
  • De-escalation
  • Emotional regulation
  • Social skills
  • Attachment and trauma
  • Triggers
  • ACEs

Whole School Support

SEND Specialist Support

The aim of SEND Specialist Support is to provide schools/settings with a specialist teacher who will work alongside their key staff in a collaborative and solution focused way to improve and develop their inclusive practice.  Schools/settings can access SEND specialist support by completing the "SCIL Team - SEND Specialist Support Request".  

Individual Support

For full details of our offer, please visit our Skills4Bradford pages

About SCIL Team and or Referral Forms | Skills 4 Bradford

Our Training

We offer the following training which is either on-demand (whole school training). Below is a list of our courses.  Please note we also provide bespoke training and consultancy work on request.

  • The Nurturing Classroom
  • Positive Approaches to SEMH
  • Risk and Resilience
  • SEMH and Neurodiversity
  • Trauma and Attachment


Presentations of SEMH

Children and Young People may present with SEMH at any point on this continuum:

Low level incidence may be at the early stages of a concern; a sudden change in behaviour, persistent low level classroom disruption or difficulties settling to learn, things which would be managed in class.

Medium level incidence may include features of low level but also include increased identifiable concerns related to communication difficulties, managing emotions, deterioration in progress, attendance problems. Parents may report issues at home. It may be that other agencies are also involved and other classroom support has been implemented through the SENCo, phase leaders, pastoral staff, middle leaders. An MSP would need to be in place.

High level incidence may include features already discussed but the C/YP may be having fixed term exclusions, may be difficult to reach, struggling to respond to the measures in place, a measurable impact on others is observed. There may be a MSP or working towards EHCA or an EHCP may be in place or being sought.

Critical Risk incidence may occur with a C/YP with any of the above or may be a sudden change where there is a build-up of fixed term exclusions and risk of permanent exclusion.

Matrix of need link -


We can help you set up nurturing provision in a format to suit your needs. We passionately believe that linking provision to the developmental needs of the C/YP will support their progress, well-being and mental health and promote inclusion. We believe that the six principles of nurture can form a solid foundation to learning and progress and we can support your journey into this area.

We also host a termly network meeting. Details of this can be found on our nurture groups page.




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