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BEH - Planning and support

The pathway covers four areas of support, from early identification and interventions to planning for future care needs.

Use the links below to find out more.

Identify and clarify concerns

The pathway can be initiated by anyone who is working with a child or young person, for example:

  • early years staff (e.g. nursery nurse or family support worker);
  • education and further education staff (e.g. teacher/SENCO);
  • health staff (e.g. health visitor/school nurse or general practitioners);
  • youth workers;
  • social care staff.

Concerns may present in a variety of behaviours, please access further information here.

Discuss with parents/carers and the child or young person where appropriate, as well as other appropriate professionals working with the child or young person.

Agree a pathway coordinator.


The pathway coordinator works with the child or young person and their parents/carers, as well as key professionals working with the child or young person, to access universal services and put early interventions and simple strategies in place.

Support Plan: The pathway coordinator leads the development of a support plan. A plan of support can be presented as a structured care plan or in a less structured way, for example in a letter.

Children, young people and families should be fully involved in planning and have a copy of the support plan where appropriate.

When developing a support plan the following should be considered:

  • the name and date of birth of the child or young person;
  • the name and contact details of the pathway facilitator;
  • the date the care plan was developed;
  • a description of the main issues, needs or difficulties;
  • actions or interventions required to meet the needs;
  • goals/desired outcomes (SMART goals are Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, and Time-bound);
  • person responsible for each action;
  • date to be reviewed.

Wherever a multi-agency support plan is required, then the Common Assessment Framework (CAF) should be implemented in order to plan care effectively.

A bank of possible resources, tools and techniques have been developed for the pathway coordinator including:

  • Health promotion and signs of emotional or mental ill health.
  • Physical health.
  • Being a good role model – role play.
  • The brain (stress and emotions).
  • What can you do? (Talking and relaxation).
  • Breaking down stigma.
  • How can I encourage mental health? (CLANG).
  • Engage the 5 senses.
  • Create a reward and promote desired behaviours.
  • Developing routines.
  • Promoting self-awareness and self-esteem.
  • Identity booklets.
  • What are emotions? (Exercises and tools).
  • Challenge patterns of thought.
  • Mindfulness.
  • Observation.
  • Be prepared (coping skills).
  • On the go (apps and technology).
  • Further resources and information.

These can also be downloaded in a resource pack for professionals.

There are a range of universal services that may be appropriate to access that are detailed in the
resource pack for professionals.

The pathway coordinator can also contact the CYP BEH Team for training, further suggestions and advice.


Implement and monitor the support described in the support plan. Plans can be reviewed and amended as they progress.

The pathway coordinator can also contact the CYP BEH Team for training, further suggestions and advice.


Support plans should be robustly evaluated. When evaluating a support plan, the pathway coordinator should consider:

  • What were the original concerns?
  • What were the goals identified in the support plan?
  • Have the interventions been effective?
  • Has there been an improvement in regard to the original concerns?
  • Has the support plan had an impact on the frequency and duration of concerning behaviours?
  • Has the support plan had a positive impact on family, education and/or activities of daily living?
  • If goals have not been achieved, reflect on reasons for this. Were the goals set by the service user? Was the intervention suitable in supporting achieving goal? Were the original goals SMART(Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, Time-bound).

To ensure that support plans are effectively evaluated, information may be gathered by liaising with other services working with the child or young person. This may include schools and education support services, health services, family support services, social care services, and youth and play services.

Information can be shared through the CAF process. Please ensure that there is consent to share information.

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