ISBN: 9781912112517

Understanding & Supporting Children & Young People with Emotionally Based School Avoidance (EBSA)


This resource provides an overview of EBSA (Emotionally Based School Avoidance), useful assessments and key tools to help identify and support those young people who find school attendance a struggle owing to anxiety or fear.

ISBN: 9781912112517
Author(s) : Tina Rae
SKU: 9781912112517
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A practical user-friendly toolkit of resources providing an overview of EBSA (Emotionally Based School Avoidance) and strategies to support return to school, with a focus on transition from primary to secondary school and the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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.

This toolkit of resources will give confidence to anyone working with or looking after young people in understanding the basis for EBSA and will provide practical, helpful strategies that can be implemented by parents and school-based staff to support young people back into the learning environment.

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