Social, Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties (SEBD)

The 'Guidance on Identifying and Supporting Learners with Social, Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties' aims to:

  • assist teachers, school leaders and school governors in developing a culture of support and empathy in their schools which will lead to a reduction of risk of SEBD; and
  • facilitate the early identification of and intervention for learners with SEBD using a multiagency approach.

Guidance is also available on identifying and supporting young learners who have or are at risk of SEBD.

Ed Sipler, South Eastern Trust, has kindly allowed us to reproduce copies of booklets he created: 'Bend, Don't Break', 'Bouncing Back', and 'Taking the Lid Off'. Schools may find these useful for working with staff, learners and parents.

For further information please contact Treasa Hawksford:
Email -
Phone - 028 9026 1447


Guidance on SEBD & Young Learners
527.55 KB - uploaded 29-06-2016
Bend, Don't Break (for learners)
1.55 MB - uploaded 07-03-2014
Bouncing Back (for adults)
1.79 MB - uploaded 06-03-2014
Taking the Lid Off (for adults)
4.55 MB - uploaded 06-03-2014
Taking the Lid Off (for learners)
506.87 KB - uploaded 06-03-2014
Sample School Identification Process
35.34 KB - uploaded 30-03-2015