How to help if your child isn't coping

Posted 20/07/2018

It can often be difficult to ascertain the exact cause of a child’s change in behaviour or mood. Sometimes you just know something is wrong, but can’t figure out why. 

Communication is important and to help a child through their problems, it’s important to find out why they are behaving out of character.

If a child isn’t coping with school – or life in general – you need to build trust. They need to know that you are a safe person to talk to, and that you won’t judge or intervene in any situation without their permission.

Once the cause is identified you can take action where appropriate. Sometimes, it can be as simple as just listening, or providing a few words of comfort and advice. In more extreme situations, such as bullying, then you need to find help as soon as possible by talking to your school’s Headteacher or Designated Safeguarding Lead, all the while explaining your actions to your child and seeking their agreement at each stage. At Apricot, we have stringent safeguarding policies in place.