Mental Health and student behaviour issues
Three quarters of mental health problems in adult life start before the age of 18. The top tips below outline what you should consider when managing and seeking to address behavioural problems with a child with mental health issues.
Three quarters of mental health problems in adult life start before the age of 18. The number of referrals of young people to child and adolescent services has increased by 26% in the five years prior to 2018. At what point does bad behaviour become a disability or special educational need for which you are required to make reasonable adjustments?
The top tips below outline what you should consider when managing and seeking to address behavioural problems with a child with mental health issues. As always, if you would like to speak to one of expert lawyers about a specific situation please contact us.
- Consider whether the child is exhibiting behaviour that is a choice or whether it is beyond their control:
- Has the behaviour changed?
- Has the child become moody, irritable or anxious?
- Are they engaged with friends or have they become withdrawn or anxious? Have they developed low self-esteem?
- Are they aggressive or oppositional?
- Has their attainment changed?
- Have there been any traumatic events at home?
- Is the child being bullied?
- must be made by a paid member of the school staff;
- must be made on school premises (or while under the charge of a member of staff);
- must not breach other legislation such as the Equality Act 2010; and
- must be reasonable in all the circumstances.
Thus, if an assessment would suggest that there are underlying mental health issues, the punishment needs to be proportionate under statutory requirements.
This would include special educational needs, disabilities, age and any religious requirements.
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