Children and young people miss school for a variety of reasons – as a response to personal, family, school or wider environmental issues. Emotionally Based School Avoidance or Refusal (EBSA) is a pattern of absence where reluctance, or refusal, to attend or stay in educational settings is rooted in anxiety or fear.
Risk factors vary, and it is important to understand the reasons for poor or non-attendance. This resource provides an overview of EBSA, useful assessments and key tools to help identify and support those young people who find school attendance a struggle owing to anxiety or fear.
Many children and young people – especially those with existing mental health issues have found the experience of lockdown as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic particularly stressful and increased levels of anxiety are widespread. As a result, the need to provide support for increased levels of anxiety will be ongoing.
These 60 cards provide a wealth of activities designed to support a child or young person in understanding their own feelings and worries about school attendance. They will help to develop a range of self-help skills. These include how to remain self-regulated, manage stress and anxiety, become more organised and access appropriate support.
Three sections with 20 cards each cover:
- Understanding feelings and worries
- Building my skills
- Positive transitioning
For one-to-one or small group work. Will also help vulnerable children to transition back to the learning environment after a period of non-attendance.
60 cards, instructions