Understanding children's mental health & emotional wellbeing

When to be Concerned

There may be reason for concern if you see:

  • Changes in the child’s or young person’s usual behaviour, emotions or thoughts
  • Persistence of the problem
  • Severity of symptoms enough to interfere with the child’s every day life
  • Traumatic experience or change in the functioning of the child and their family

N.B. None of these criteria should be considered in isolation.  They are part of the wider picture regarding the child, family, school and other environments. Services supporting the child need to work together to identify any warning signs.  This combined information should then help determine what further inquiries need to be made in order to identify and address needs1.

1  A ‘CAF’ [Common Assessment Framework] is often used between agencies to help identify strengths and difficulties with children and families in need.