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Severity of Children's Emotional & Behaviour Problems
In order to judge the severity of a child's emotional, behaviour or mental health problems use the following guidelines.  If you feel that the problem(s) is more severe than 'slight' consult a mental health professional, doctor or qualified play therapist as soon as possible.

Degree

Impact

Examples

Slight

Temporary impairment of well being; minor loss of functioning Hospitalisation for a minor operation

Mild

Some loss of well being, on going impairment of functioning preventing the child reaching their full potential Unresolved relationship issues: friendships, sibling rivalries

Moderate

Child feels emotionally unwell, considerable impairment of functioning, problems need to be dealt with promptly to prevent further deterioration. Stress and trauma eg parents are in the process of divorcing and the family is injured in a road accident

Severe

Mental illness or disorder child at risk and unable to function as a normal person. Repeated physical and sexual abuse from several sources


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