Social, emotional and mental health (SEMH) panel

The SEMH panel provides timely integrated interventions and / or advice to primary school children and their families where:

  • the child does not have an Education Health and Care plan (EHCP)
  • the presenting concern is the child’s emotional, social and / or mental health needs
  • the child’s behaviour is causing concerns
  • the education setting can evidence that a range of strategies have been tried, i.e. the Local Offer and resources outlined in the File Download - Behaviour and Inclusion Toolkit (PDF 255KB)Behaviour and Inclusion Toolkit (PDF 255KB)
  • a Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire (SDQ) - a brief emotional and behavioural screening questionnaire for children - has been completed
  • the Educational Psychology Service has been consulted and the Educational Psychologist's recommendations have been implemented for a period of time
  • 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 (CIN) or Child Protection Plan in place

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.

High Needs Funding 

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

 SEMH Staged Approach

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.

SEMH Panel 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 emailed to:

SEMH-admin@northamptonshire.gov.uk

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 2018 to 2019 are:

  • ​North (covering Corby, Kettering, East Northants and Wellingborough)
  • South (Northampton, Daventry and South Northants)​​ ​ ​
​DateTime ​Area ​Location
​North meetings
​11 December 2018​​10am to 4pmNorth​ Woodnewton Academy Trust, Rowlett Road, Corby, Northants NN17 2NU
​15 January 2019​10am to 4pm​North Woodnewton Academy Trust, Rowlett Road, Corby, Northants NN17 2NU
​12 February 201910am to 4pm​NorthWoodnewton Academy Trust, Rowlett Road, Corby, Northants NN17 2NU
​19 March 201910am to 4pm​NorthWoodnewton Academy Trust, Rowlett Road, Corby, Northants NN17 2NU
​30 April 201910am to 4pm​NorthWoodnewton Academy Trust, Rowlett Road, Corby, Northants NN17 2NU
​4 June 201910am to 4pm​NorthWoodnewton Academy Trust, Rowlett Road, Corby, Northants NN17 2NU
​2 July 201910am to 4pm​NorthWoodnewton Academy Trust, Rowlett Road, Corby, Northants NN17 2NU
South meetings
​21 November 2018​12:30pm​SouthVernon Terrace Primary School, Vernon Terrace, Northampton, Northants NN1 5HE
​12 December 2018​12;30pm​South​​St Mary’s RC Primary School, Woodside Way, Northampton, Northants NN5 7HX
​16 January 2019​12:30pm​South St James CEVA Primary School, Harlestone Road, Northampton NN5 7AG
13 February 2019​12:30pm​SouthKingsthorpe Grove Primary, Northampton, St David's Road, Kingsthorpe, Northampton NN2 7QL
​13 March 2019​12:30pm​SouthVernon Terrace Primary School, Vernon Terrace, Northampton, Northants NN1 5HE
8 May 2019​12:30pm​SouthSt Mary’s RC Primary School, Woodside Way, Northampton, Northants NN5 7HX
5 June 2019​12:30pm​South St James CEVA Primary School, Harlestone Road, Northampton NN5 7AG
​3 July 2019​12:30pm​SouthKingsthorpe Grove Primary, Northampton, St David's Road, Kingsthorpe, Northampton NN2 7QL
10 July 2019 End of Year SEMH Panel Review​10am to 4pm​North and SouthOne Angel Square, Northampton

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
​Kingsthorpe Grove Primary School​Key Stage 2 SEMH
​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