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Children and young people may behave in ways that are concerning like hitting, kicking, throwing things, running away, or hurting themselves. They might also use mean words. These behaviours may be of such intensity, frequency or duration that they can impact on the safety of the person or others.

It might also make it hard to go to community places, which can lead to the child or young person feeling left out.

Challenging behaviour is often seen in people with health problems that affect communication and the brain, such as learning disabilities.

Caring for a child or young person who has challenging behaviour can be stressful and exhausting. Everyday activities, like going to the park or to school, can become difficult when parents are worried their child may get upset or angry with those around them.

Anyone aged under 18 who lives in Devon can get specialist care from CFHD by filling in a referral form

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