EBSA is a term used to describe children and young people who have difficulties in attending school due to emotional factors.
Whilst using the term EBSA can help us and others to know that the absence involves emotional factors, it is essential that further work is undertaken with the pupil and their family to understand what the barriers are for them attending school and then putting together an appropriate action plan to help them overcome them.
Schools should use the Graduated Response and refer to the EBSA resources developed by the Educational Psychology team at Cognus.
Mental health and behaviour in schools (non-statutory DfE guidance – this also has a range of linked guidance)
Mental health support
- Sutton Uplift – Talking therapy for adults: https://www.suttonuplift.co.uk/
- Off the Record – Free counselling service for children for young people aged between 11-18 years: https://www.talkofftherecord.org/sutton/counselling/
- Government advice – Mental health resources for children, students, parents, carers and school/college staff
- Resources for parents and young people – MindEd For Families
- Training and development – MindEd Hub
Further support information for the families you are working with can be found in the Attendance Support Team of the For Families section of the website.