Nurture Group Network launches Nurture Portrait

7th December 2016

NGN launched the Nurture Portrait today, the first edition of an annual portrayal of the social, emotional and behavioural difficulties (SEBD) experienced by children and young people across the UK.

This report was made possible by making the Boxall Profile available online. Since November 2015, anonymised data from 4,715 children and young people has been collected and provides an insight into the levels of SEBD experienced by pupils and faced by teachers in the classroom.

The report reveals that, in 2015/2016, 80% of the pupils assessed (both children and young people) experienced high levels of social and emotional developmental difficulties, and 89% displayed high levels of challenging behaviours (such as aggression and withdrawal).

We believe that the high levels of SEBD in our sample reflect the fact that teachers and practitioners preferentially administered the Boxall Profile to pupils they suspected of having SEBD and as a consequence, our sample is not representative of the overall British population of children and young people. Nevertheless, they reveal a strong need for nurture provision among the pupils assessed, and highlight the importance of gaining a better understanding of the prevalence of SEBD in the general school population.

To obtain a better picture of the SEBD needs of children and young people, NGN is campaigning for all pupils to be assessed using the Boxall Profile in all primary and secondary schools in the UK. This assessment will allow teachers, policy makers and governmental institutions to better understand the SEBD needs of children and young people, and as a consequence provide more adequate support to help pupils develop and thrive, both at school and in their lives. If you are interested in getting involved or would like more information about the Boxall Childhood Project please email 

If you would like to know more about the findings of the Nurture Portrait, you can access the full report here or contact our Researcher, Dr. Florence Ruby at