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Social, emotional and mental health assessments

We provide a broad range of social, emotional and mental health (SEMH) assessments for children and young people. SEMH assessments can focus on a specific area of need, for example anxiety, or provide a general overview of a child or young person’s mental health.

Who is suitable for a social, emotional and mental health (SEMH) assessment?

Children and young people (up to age 25) would be suitable for a SEMH assessment if they:

The above list is not exhaustive, and if you notice any changes in behaviour or attitude which cause concern then please don’t hesitate to contact us and find out if a SEMH assessment could be useful.

Family relations assessment

A girl doing a Bene-Anthony family relations assessment with one of our educational and child psychologists

Mental health services

We help children and young people with mental health difficulties.

  • Assessments
  • Reports
  • Interventions

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Self-harm services

We help children and young people who are self-harming

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  • Reports
  • Interventions

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What are the benefits of a SEMH assessment?

The benefits of having a SEMH assessment come from identifying and addressing SEMH needs a child or young person has. Benefits include:

Identifying SEMH needs early can reduce the impact of needs through early intervention and putting specialist strategies in place.

What happens prior to a SEMH assessment?

A SEMH assessment can be carried out following an initial discussion, please see our process below.

Our process

At HSR Psychology we ensure that we meet the needs of children and young people. To achieve this we ensure that any specific assessments, intervention, or direct work, is only carried out following an initial discussion.

An initial discussion allows us to understand the background and your expectations of our involvement. Having an initial discussion ensures any services we provide appropriately identify or address needs.

Our process for any specific assessments, intervention, or direct work is as follows:

Step 1: Contact us

We will usually be contacted by the child or young person, parent or carer, or another professional (eg education or health).

You can contact us or complete a referral

Step 2: Arrange an initial discussion

An initial discussion allows us to understand the background and your expectations of our involvement. Arrange an initial discussion

Step 3: Review our recommendations

Following an initial discussion we will send you an email that includes:

  • Next steps recommendations - to provide a bespoke package of support. For example:
    • Assessments
    • Reports
    • Information gathering
    • Meeting
    • Interventions
    • Consultancy
    • Reviews
  • Costing - we will provide costings for any services recommended.

Step 4: Let's get started

On receipt of the next steps recommendations and costing you can decide how to proceed. Once you have decided contact us to arrange the chosen services.

What happens during a SEMH assessment?

SEMH assessments can be carried out through observations, conversations, questionnaires, activities and puzzles. On some occasions a SEMH assessment may take place through play depending on the age and language level of the child or young person.

Which SEMH assessments do we use?

The specific assessment used will be chosen based on the individual and their situation. Common SEMH assessments we use are:

  • BECK youth inventories - Includes inventories to assess; depression, anxiety, anger, disruptive behaviour, self-concept
  • Conners-3 - The Conners-3 can be used for a broad range of assessments and it measures; aggression, peer and family relations, home life and anxiety
  • Boxall profile - The Boxall profile is an assessment of children and young people's social, emotional and behavioural development
  • GAS - Glasgow anxiety scale is a short questionnaire often used with individuals who have intellectual difficulties
  • SDQ - The strengths and difficulties questionnaire is a useful tool in assessing an individual’s strengths and challenges in relation to their SEMH
  • Family relations test - This assessment looks at an individual’s relationships with various family members

There are many ways and assessments which help to identify social, emotional and mental health needs and these will be discussed during the initial discussion.

What happens after a SEMH assessment?

Following a SEMH assessment, needs will be identified and recommendations can be put in place at home and in the education setting. It may be suggested that a targeted intervention or the use of support strategies will help individuals to become happy, safe and ready for life’s challenges through maximising their potential. We provide follow up services, including a feedback meeting, to help children, young people, parents, carers and education staff to understand any findings.

Does a SEMH assessment come with a report?

Reports are available following a SEMH assessment. We provide a variety of reports of differing lengths to help us to provide a truly cost effective service. Reports can include a summary or detailed information about any findings and recommendations. Learn more about our reports.

A SEMH assessment identifies underlying needs which may be causing challenging behaviour or low mood. When needs are identified they can be addressed.

Arrange an initial discussion.....

Arrange an initial discussion to find out how we can benefit your education setting. The initial discussion lasts 2 hours and is a starting point to identify needs. The cost is £300.

  • No waiting lists
  • Experienced psychologists
  • Includes recommendation summary

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We provide bespoke solutions to suit all budgets and requirements for children and young people aged 0-25 in homes, education settings and the community. Our clinical, educational and child psychology services are cost effective.

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To make a referral and arrange an initial discussion please complete our referral form.

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Next steps...

Ready to get started? The next step is to speak to our team to find out more about the services we provide and how we can help. Call us on 0161 820 9229 or email

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