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Emotional wellbeing of children and young people

An official survey of mental health (2004) identified that 10% of children and young people aged 5 to 16 had a clinically diagnosed mental disorder. Emotional wellbeing creates the foundations for healthy behaviours and educational
attainment. It also helps prevent behavioural problems (including substance misuse) and mental health problems. That's why it is important to focus on the emotional wellbeing of children and young people.

Emotional wellbeing is influenced by a range of factors, from individual make-up and family background to the community within which people live and society at large. Emotional wellbeing provides personal competencies (such as emotional resilience, self-esteem and interpersonal skills) that help to protect against risks relating to social disadvantage, family disruption and other adversity in life. Such competencies provide building blocks for personal development which will enable children and young people to take advantage of life chances.

Evidence shows that poor social and emotional wellbeing predicts a range of negative outcomes in adolescence and adulthood. For example, negative parenting and poor quality family or school relationships place children at risk of poor mental health. Early intervention in childhood can help reduce physical and mental health problems and prevent social dysfunction being passed from one generation to the next (early intervention: the next steps).

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