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Title: In the Child’s Voice: The Experiences of Primary School Children with Social, Emotional and Mental Health Difficulties.
Authors: Dolton, Alice
Adams, Sarah
O'Reilly, Michelle
First Published: 2019
Publisher: SAGE Publications (UK and US)
Citation: Clinical Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 2019, In Press
Abstract: In England 193,657 children were identified as having their primary special education needs as Social, Emotional and Mental Health (SEMH) difficulties (DfE, 2018a). Schools are increasingly responsible for supporting these children, yet their voices are rarely represented. Through semi-structured interviews the views of eleven children aged 6-11-years with SEMH difficulties were sought. Using thematic analysis two themes were identified – (1) social relationships and interactions, and (2) emotional and behavioural reactions. The children demonstrated that they were articulate and reflective about the impact their difficulties have in the learning environment. For some, they reported building and maintaining close reciprocal friendships which they felt enriched their time at school. It was concluded that children with SEMH difficulties need to feel safe and supported by adults to flourish in school. This work demonstrates the importance of taking a child-centred approach, allowing children to feel heard, understood, and valued.
ISSN: 1359-1045
Links: TBA
Embargo on file until: 1-Jan-10000
Version: Post-print
Status: Peer-reviewed
Type: Journal Article
Rights: Copyright © 2019, SAGE Publications (UK and US). Deposited with reference to the publisher’s open access archiving policy. (
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