Introduction

Introduction

The Department of Health (DH) asked the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) to produce public health guidance on promoting the social and emotional wellbeing of young people in secondary education.

The guidance is for those who have a direct or indirect role in, and responsibility for, the social and emotional wellbeing of young people in secondary education. This includes teachers, support staff, governors and professionals with public health as part of their remit working in education (including the independent sector), local authorities, the NHS and the wider public, voluntary and community sectors. It may also be of interest to parents of young people in secondary education, young people themselves and other members of the public.

The guidance complements, but does not replace, other NICE guidance relating to children and young people: social and emotional wellbeing in primary education; physical activity; alcohol and drug misuse; depression; attention deficit hyperactivity disorder; and managing children with conduct disorders (for further details, see section 7).

The Public Health Interventions Advisory Committee (PHIAC) developed these recommendations on the basis of a review of the evidence, an economic analysis, expert advice, stakeholder comments and fieldwork.

Members of PHIAC are listed in appendix A. The methods used to develop the guidance are summarised in appendix B. Supporting documents used to prepare this document are listed in appendix E. Full details of the evidence collated, including fieldwork data and activities and stakeholder comments, are available on the website, along with a list of the stakeholders involved and NICE's supporting process and methods manuals.

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