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Emotionally Based Non Attendance

What is Emotionally Based School Avoidance or non-attendance? 


Emotionally Based School Avoidance (EBSA) is a term used to describe children and young people (CYP) who experience challenges in attending school due to negative feelings (such as anxiety). EBSA is commonly associated with emotional and physical distress, and a reluctance to attend school, which can lead to reduced attendance and further anxiety regarding school.
The Covid-19 pandemic and the disruption caused to educational experiences will mean more CYP are likely to be anxious about returning to school. A level of anxiety about returning to school after extended periods of not attending is completely normal and for the vast majority of students, they will benefit from getting back into familiar and predictable school routines to support their wellbeing. For some CYP however, there are likely to be additional challenges and the level of anxiety being experienced will mean more targeted support is needed for those experiencing EBSA.