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I know I do not show it and I have caused so much damage but this is the best placement I ever had.

Byrony, 15

Psychological, emotional and behavioural difficulties

It is thought that around 150,000 children and young people in mainstream and special schools across England are living with emotional behavioural difficulties.

Also known as EBD, emotional behavioural difficulties describes a range of complex difficulties. Children and young people with EBD may be withdrawn or isolated from their family or peers, become hyperactive and lack concentration, present disruptive and disturbing behaviour, might be socially immature, or display challenging behaviours arising from other complex special needs.

Characteristics of EBD may be less obvious; anxiety, depression, a phobia of school or deteriorating emotional well-being or behaviour can also signal emotional behavioural difficulties.

These characteristics also depend on the nature and severity of the difficulties a child is facing. Some might have low self-esteem and shy away from social situations, whilst others can be extroverted and aggressive. Some may behave in a threatening manner or swear excessively. They could find concentrating at school difficult and be unwilling to take instructions or complete work without supervision. Some children will turn to self-destructive coping mechanisms, including substance misuse or self-harm in an attempt to ‘numb’ their emotional turmoil.

The behaviour of a young person with EBD can often challenge parents, teachers and carers outside appropriate, ‘normal’ social boundaries. As such, a child may find forming relationships with peers and authority figures difficult and will often face barriers in their social and educational development.

Psychological, emotional and behavioural difficulties – Case study

Adam’s journey

Names have been changed to protect identities.

Fourteen year old Adam lives in our residential home. He has emotional and behavioural difficulties which, with the help of staff, he is learning to overcome.

Adam came to us from a troubled family background and was frequently found to be living on the streets. He had not attended school for many years and was unable to read or write.

At the care home, Adam has been given the care and access to education that he needs. The care team, through their encouragement and support, have raised Adam’s self esteem and have given him the skills needed to interact with other members of the community, both adults and peers.

Thanks to the the hard work of the staff at the home, Adam’s literacy and numeracy have shown a vast improvement as has his social and emotional development. This has had an invaluable impact on his confidence and he continues to progress.


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  • We promote independent living and care that respects young people’s rights, choice, privacy and dignity. Our philosophy is to place the needs of our young people at the centre of the service we provide.

  • For over 20 years Branas Isaf have been delivering an outstanding integrated model of education, therapy and therapeutic care to young people who present with a specific range of complex interpersonal behavioural issues.

  • We have provided training, coaching and consulting since 1994. We specialise in health and social care, both with adults and children and have grown to become a significant quality provider of apprenticeships.

  • Franklin domiciliary support helps young people and adults with complex mental health problems or neurological conditions, to live as independently as possible in their own homes.

  • FSG (Fostering Support Group) have been placing children and young people together with foster carers for over 20 years – in fact, we were one of the first agencies to offer foster placements to Local Authorities.

  • Greenfields work with young people displaying extreme emotional and behavioural difficulties, achieving an impressive record of positive outcomes and working safely with individuals aged between 10 to 18.

  • I&A Services offer placements for young people from across the UK who require an immediate assessment of needs alongside a recommended transition plan.

  • Inspire provide residential care, short breaks and outreach for children and young people with learning or physical disabilities, complex health needs, autism spectrum disorder and challenging behaviours.

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  • One Step at a Time is dedicated to providing the highest quality outreach and semi-independent accommodation and supported living services for children, young people and vulnerable adults with a range of needs.

  • Outlook Fostering Services is an leading fostering agency that provides reliable, cost-effective, children and young people centred fostering solutions to more than 30 Local Authorities across London and the Home Counties.

  • Park Foster Care provides the highest quality of care for children and young people who are unable to live with their family for a variety of reasons.

  • Phoenix Therapy and Care provides bespoke specialist care at home for children and adults across Scotland with complex, but stable, care needs, enabling and supporting their clients to get the most out of every day.

  • The supported living and domiciliary care programme from Prestwood helps people all over the country to live more independent and happy lives. With the confidence to discover new skills and interests, support is never far away when it’s needed.

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