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SEBDA exists to promote the social and emotional well being of children and young people - and the well being of the professionals who work with them.


SEBDA is committed to social inclusion and to building capacity in mainstream schools in the support of children with social, emotional and mental health difficulties. However,  SEBDA also recognises that for a small minority of pupils, social inclusion can be best pursued through education, support, care and therapy, in specialist settings.

SEBDA is a multi-professional organisation that has been a registered charity since 1975.Our members include teachers, education officers, behaviour support workers,  psychologists, social workers, CAMHS professionals, youth workers and professionals working within youth justice provision.

The four strands of work undertaken by SEBDA include:

  • SEBDA’s EBD journal: SEBDA publish the internationally recognised journal ‘Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties’ four times a year. This is free to all members 
  • SEBDA Campaigning: Linking with the DFE, nasen, Council for Disabled Children, ENSEC and other organisations to influence and inform policy nationally and internationally. 
  • SEBDA Research: To contribute, lead and share evidence based practice. 
  • SEBDA Professional Development: To deliver effective and relevant professional development including national conferences, Masters Level training courses and CPD. SEBDA campaigns for better services for children and young people experiencing SEBD and better support for those who work with them.

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