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Anxiety Based School Avoidance

Anxiety Based School Avoidance - Manchester Schools Guidance Document

The Anxiety Based School Avoidance guidance document is the result of a co-production between Manchester Local Authority, One Education Educational Psychology Service, Parents, Health as well as schools, colleges and provisions across Manchester.

Anxiety Based School Avoidance is a broad umbrella term used to describe a group of children and young people who have severe difficulty in attending school due to emotional factors, often resulting in prolonged absences from school.

This is a guidance document for mainstream schools and settings for children and young people who struggle who come to school due to anxiety and SEMH difficulties and is part of the SEN support resources. This is a tool for parents/carers and schools to talk to children and young people regarding their anxieties and to provide strategies to encourage school attendance. It has a ‘working with children’ and a ‘working with parents’ section.

Manchester schools are increasingly working in a trauma-informed way to support the most vulnerable pupils. Many schools have developed ways of working which are informed by Adverse Childhood Experiences and Playfulness Acceptance Curiosity Empathy to ensure children and young people have the understanding and support they need to thrive.