Emotionally-Based School Avoidance (EBSA) Report

Emotionally-Based School Avoidance (EBSA) Report

PaCC has produced a report on the parent carer experience of Emotionally-Based School Avoidance (EBSA) which is something that can significantly affects the lives of many of our families.

Parent carer views were obtained during our autumn termly education workshop and through a survey sent to PaCC members.  This report is a key part of our work alongside Brighton & Hove’s Hidden Children’s Officer and other stakeholders, with whom we are co-producing an EBSA toolkit to better support families during their EBSA journey.

Parent carers highlighted the importance of the relationships a child has within school, communication about the child’s needs between teachers within a school and communication between home and school.

They pointed out how the school environment has a significant impact on a child’s ability to cope within school and therefore affects the likelihood of them experiencing EBSA. Quick and effective interventions for children experiencing EBSA, include better training for staff around masking in school, flexibility in terms of adaptations of the school environment, a designated keyperson, and a gentler, more positive approach for children.

PaCC would like to thank all the parent carers who contributed to this work. You can read the full report here.

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