Those with mental health needs are the children most likely to miss school. These children have the highest ‘unauthorised absence’ rate, meaning they could be at risk of harm.
Child poverty in particular is not just a short-term risk to mental health: it has an effect throughout life. Poor families are often least informed about the ways in which the children can be helped.
For children facing some of the greatest barriers to a good education, such as those with learning disabilities and autism, the use of restrictive interventions and exclusions cause significant and lasting harm to mental health.
Poor mental health can result from experiences of racism, bullying, exclusion and injustice, and mental health support in schools and colleges need to be able to offer the opposite to these experiences.