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Emotionally Based School Avoidance (EBSA)

Emotionally Based School Avoidance (EBSA) describes the difficulties that some children and young people have in attending school due to emotional factors. This can result in prolonged absences from school.

EBSA includes children and young people who:

  • go to school but experience separation or social anxiety, and psychosomatic illnesses
  • have frequent absences due to anxiety or illness
  • are unable to attend daily

There are four stages of support

EBSA Parent and Carer Guidance

The guidance aims to help parents or carers understand EBSA and to support children and young people.

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EBSA Toolkit for Professionals

The EBSA toolkit provides guidance and resources for professionals working in or with schools to develop an understanding of what leads children and young people to feel that they must avoid school.