Social, emotional and mental health (SEMH) panel

The SEMH panel provide early, integrated interventions to primary school children and their families where:

  • The presenting concern is the child’s emotional, social and/or mental health needs.
  • The child’s behaviour is placing their education placement at risk.
  • The education setting can evidence that a range of strategies have been tried, i.e. the Local Offer and resources outlined in the Behaviour and Inclusion Toolkit (PDF 255KB).
  • The Educational Psychology Service has been consulted.
  • The education setting has completed an Early Help Assessment (EHA) and held at least one Team Around the Family meeting, or there is a Child in Need or Child Protection Plan in place.
  • The child does not have a statement or Education Health and Care plan (EHCP) and may be on the pathway for ASD/ADHD diagnosis.

Please note that we aim for the majority of children and young people with SEMH to attend mainstream settings with specialist support from the SEMH units and wider professionals.

Where a primary school child does have a statement or EHCP in place the panel will consider a referral where emotional, social and behavioural needs form a key part of the identified needs and the placement is at risk, in order to support the SEN Review process:

  • Panel will also consider requests for high needs funding where the application is in respect to social, emotional and/or mental health and allocate resource/funding appropriate.

Where a school is already in receipt of high needs funding and is coming to panel for additional support the school should evidence how high needs funding is currently spent.

Specific functions of the panel

  • to provide a multi professional forum for discussion and decision making
  • to provide a transparent, responsive referral route to targeted/specialist resources ensuring children and families access the relevant support in a timely manner
  • to work in partnership to promote inclusion and prevent exclusion    
  • to identify and deploy resources appropriately and in line with agreed priorities and timeline

Additional functions of the panel 

  • contribute to the delivery of the Northamptonshire County Council SEND Strategy
  • rigorous monitoring of the use and effectiveness of nurture and SEMH units
  • to promote best practice and identify professional development

Cases for consideration - how to make a referral

Cases that meet the criteria stated above may be referred by any primary mainstream setting. Please ensure that you demonstrate how you have implemented any support using the assess/plan/do/review cycle.
Referrals which are not for High Needs Funding need to be made on the referral form below:

or an existing up to date EHA form together with section 2 of the panel referral form.

Completed referral forms should be e-mailed to:

Please note that the deadline for submitting a referral form is 2 weeks prior to the date of the SEMH Panel meeting.

When does the panel meet?

The dates and venues of the SEMH Panel Meetings 2017/18 are:

​North (covering Corby, Kettering, East Northants and Wellingborough)

South (Northampton, Daventry and South Northants)​​ ​ ​

​DateTime ​Area ​Location
​Wednesday 11 October​1pm​South ​St James CofE Primary School, Northamptonshire
​Tuesday 31 October​10am​NorthCroyland Primary School, Wellingborough
​Wednesday 15 November​1pm​South Kingsthorpe Grove​ Primary School, Northampton
​Tuesday 5 December​10am​NorthCroyland Primary School, Wellingborough
​Wednesday 13 December​1pm​SouthSt James CofE Primary School, Northamptonshire

How do I make a high needs funding referral?

Referrals should be made using the online form:

Make a high needs referral

Members of the panel

​North panel ​
​Croyland Primary SchoolKey Stage 1 Nurture Unit
​Park Junior School​​​Key Stage 2 SEMH unit
​Woodnewton A Learning Community​Key Stage 1 Nurture Unit
​Educational Psychology Service​Consultation and Support
​Children's Social Care​Consultation and Advice
​Early Help​Consultation and Advice
​SEND Service​​Consultation and Advice
​Commissioning Service​​Brokerage and Sufficiency
South panel
​St James CE Primary School​Key Stage 1/2 SEMH Unit
​Vernon Terrace Primary School​Key Stage 2 SEMH and Nurture Units
​St Marys RC Primary SchoolKey Stage 1 Nurture Unit
​Educational Psychology Service​Consultation and Support
​Children's Social Care​Consultation and Advice
​​Early Help​Consultation and Advice
​SEND Service​Consultation and Advice
​​Commissioning Service​Brokerage and Sufficiency
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