Social, Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties and Mental Health: Identification, Assessment & Provision

This module will introduce you to a range of issues related to social, emotional and behavioural difficulties (SEBD) and Mental Health impacting upon children and young people.

It will examine national and international policies in relation to definitions, legislation and guidance documents. The interactions of key psychological and social perspectives are explored in the context of understanding and providing explanations for SEBD and mental health. You will be provided with a series of frameworks governing interventions and will have opportunities to apply these to case studies based on needs assessments of children and young people with SEBD and mental health problems.

The forms of provision and schooling are presented and evidence of good practice will be critically examined. The module will raise ethical issues, which you will need to understand and address when working with children and young people with SEBD and mental health problems.

This module will give you 20 credits at Postgraduate Masters Level/Level 7.

Learning outcomes

By the end of the module, you will be able to:

  • show a critical understanding of the theoretical models of the causal, developmental and interactional nature of SEBD and relationships with mental health and well-being and explain these in contexts of inclusion and discrimination
  • show a critical interrogation, developed awareness, knowledge and understanding of identification, assessment and provision for children and young people with SEBD and mental health needs
  • critically understand the management of interventions and needs assessment in work with children and young people with SEBD and mental health problems
  • show an ability to critically assess and understand professional perspectives on the management of ethical issues related to SEBD mental health problems and the promotion of mental health and well-being.


You will be assessed through a range of work, enabling you to demonstrate your knowledge, skills and understanding of the theory and practical application of the module material. 

You will have one specific formative assessment (where you receive informal feedback, but it does not count towards your module grade) and two components of summative assessment (which are each graded).  

Through this comprehensive range of assessment components, your professional and academic careers will be enhanced