Salford City Partnership

Emotionally Based School Avoidance (EBSA)

Emotional Based School Avoidance (EBSA) describes children and young people who experience difficulty in attending school due to emotional factors, often resulting in prolonged absences from school. We know that the earlier difficulties are identified, and support is put in place the more successful we are at developing children and young people’s ability to cope with their anxiety, return to school and access improved attendance and ongoing life opportunities.

As part of Thrive in Education and the Inclusion Strategy there will be a new way to co-ordinate multiagency support around children and young people who are anxious about returning to school in September 2020, either as a result of pre-existing concerns about attending school (EBSA) or more specific COVID-19 related anxieties.

This will include a single referral point (via the Education Welfare Service) and a graduated response to meeting need using the Thrive Framework which conceptualises need in five categories; thriving, getting advice and signposting, getting help, getting more help and getting risk support, and fundamental to the approach is shared decision making with young people and their families.

Collaboration between the following services will offer support to school staff, parents, children and young people:

  • Education Welfare Service  
  • Early Help Team 
  • Educational Psychology Service
  • Primary Inclusion Team (PIT)
  • CAMHS (including i-Reach)
  • Place2Be and 42nd Street – mental health practitioners

Referrals for support should be made using the consent form (available below) and sent to the Education Welfare Service inbox: Where there are pre-existing concerns and involvement from professionals, it is envisaged that this pathway will be used to co-ordinate support.

A number of resources have been developed to support the EBSA Thrive Support Pathway, including:

There is also a range of training options for school staff and professionals:

  • Recorded webinar – available via the EFS website
  • Monthly training sessions – bookable via the Primary Inclusion website
  • Bespoke school based training – available on request, please discuss with the school’s link Educational Psychologist, Education Welfare Officer or Early Help School Co-ordinator  

Support for parents and carers

  • EBSA Parent / Carer Support leaflet describes the range of support for parents and carers, from online resources to virtual coffee mornings
  • Emotionally Based School Avoidance (EBSA) and the support available in Salford for Families – Webinar content delivered for parents/ carers in partnership with SIASS in February 2021

To view the information please see the downloadable documents section at the bottom of the page 

This page was last updated on 5 August 2021

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