Social Emotional Mental Health or SEMH
At PaCC we are fully aware that many families urgently need more support and advice around children who experience Social Emotional and Mental Health (SEMH) issues. We want to make sure that those families’ experiences and needs are heard, and used in our co-production work with local health, education and care providers to secure much needed service improvement to respond to young people’s mental health needs.
With the aim of understanding and connecting with those families, PaCC organised two coffee mornings focused on how to best support a child or a young person when they are distressed.
Mark Holdaway, Senior Specialist Teacher-SEMH, Trauma and Mental Health Informed Practitioner, and Linsey McGill, Team Lead Schools Wellbeing Service, joined the parent carers to talk about what their teams do. They gave advice on how to understand what lies behind children’s distressed behaviour, and good approaches at these times.
We looked at different techniques which can be used by parents to better communicate, interact and tune in to their child. Parents who attended the coffee mornings found the two sessions very informative and helpful.
PaCC will create more opportunities for families to come together and talk about SEMH; we’ll also use our social media to inform and support families including signposting and any available toolkits.