The Children and Young People’s Mental Health Coalition are proud to be launching a new inquiry on behaviour and mental health in schools.

About the inquiry

Coalition members have long been concerned that too often children and young people get punished for behaviour that is linked to their mental health, and that responses to behaviour, like the use of isolation rooms and exclusion, can further harm young people’s mental health.

Through the inquiry, we are keen to explore the links between mental health and behaviour, how current school policies on behaviour are impacting young people and their families, and what can be done to create a school culture that promotes positive behaviour and mental health.

Putting young people and parent-carer voices at the heart of the inquiry  

We want to make sure that the voices of young people and parent-carers are placed at the heart of the inquiry. That’s why we want to establish a Youth Advisory Group and a Parent-Carer Advisory Group to support the inquiry.

We are looking for 8 young people aged 13 to 18 to join our Youth Advisory Group and 8 parents or carers to join our Parent-Carer Advisory Group. We are looking for people who are passionate about creating change for other young people and their families, and who may have been directly impacted by school behaviour policies.

This is a great opportunity for you to share your honest views about how to shape the inquiry and the recommendations we put forward. We will support you with the information you need to fully participate in the inquiry.

How to become part of an Advisory Group

To find out more about being part of an Advisory Group, including information on how to apply, read our information packs:

Youth Advisory Group

Parent-Carer Advisory Group

Applications for the Advisory Groups will be open until Friday 11th March.

If you would like to find out more about the opportunity or if you have any questions, then please get in touch with Charlotte Rainer, Coalition Lead at

We can’t wait to hear from you!