All staff are aware that mental health problems can, in some cases, be an indicator that a child has suffered or is at risk of suffering abuse, neglect or exploitation.
We recognise only appropriately trained professionals should attempt to make a diagnosis of a mental health problem. Staff, however, are well placed to observe children day-to-day and identify those whose behaviour suggests that they may be experiencing a mental health problem or be at risk of developing one.
Where children have suffered abuse and neglect, or other potentially traumatic adverse childhood experiences, this can have a lasting impact throughout childhood, adolescence and into adulthood. Staff will be made aware of how these children’s experiences; can affect their mental health, behaviour, and education.
If staff have a mental health concern about a child that is also a safeguarding concern, immediate action should be taken, by speaking to the DSL or a deputy and recording their concern.
We will follow the DfE guidance on Mental Health and Behaviour in Schools.
Please refer to our Mental Health & Well-being policy.