Addressing emotionally-based school avoidance

This resource looks at the topic of emotionally-based school avoidance (EBSA) and shares ideas to help education staff address the issue.

This resource belongs to the resource hub for classroom and wellbeing support.

Emotionally-based school avoidance (EBSA) is a term describing children and young people who have reduced or non-attendance at school.

EBSA is a complex issue inextricably linked with mental health and wellbeing. Some examples of EBSA risk factors could include:

  • Anxiety, depression or other mental health concerns
  • Trauma
  • Being a young carer
  • Bullying
  • Having a special educational need or disability

This resource explores the risk factors for emotionally-based school avoidance, and looks at universal and targeted approaches that school staff can take to tackle the issue in their setting.

Using this resource

This resource is designed for:

  • use by school leaders, senior mental health leads and classroom teachers

This resource belongs to the resource hub for classroom and wellbeing support.

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