Social, Emotional and Mental Health Inclusion Team
Our vision is where every child and young person living in Jersey with social, emotional, and mental health needs is given the support they need to thrive in school and in life. We are committed to providing high quality professional development and training to educators on topics such as:
- trauma-informed care
- mental health and well-being
- positive behaviour support
- social-emotional learning
We work with schools to develop and implement Social, Emotional and Mental Health Inclusion Team (SEMH) policies and programs that are responsive to the needs of their students.
We identify and support students with SEMH needs through individual and group interventions, while working with other professionals, families, and community agencies to ensure continuity of care.
We are committed to monitoring and evaluating the effectiveness of our programs and services, while keeping up to date with current research and best practices in the field of SEMH education.
Our goal is to help every child and young person with SEMH needs to enjoy school life, be given opportunities that enable them to flourish and grow and reach their full potential.
The team can provide support in a number of ways. The following are examples of approaches the team might use in working with your child:
- observations in school (in the classroom or playground) to support school staff in their management of behaviour
- ensure the pupil voice is at the heart of all decisions
- working with school staff and pupils to agree and set targets to support their SEMH needs
- assessments to identify child’s strengths and difficulties and inform individual plans
- supporting schools to write and implement consistent management plans, relational plans, trauma informed plans, safer handling plans and pastoral support plans
- support with transitions, for example, a change of class or change of school
- 1:1 work to provide an individualised programme of support, for example managing emotions developing emotional literacy
- support school’s on how to set up and run a nurture group
How to access this service
If you have any concerns about how your child is getting on in school you can contact your Class Teacher or Special Educational Needs Co-coordinator. They will be able to contact SEMHIT for a discussion to talk though any concerns.
Alternatively, you can also contact the team directly through the education department on +44 (0) 1534 445504, open daily from 9am to 5pm.
You can also contact the Children and Families Hub.