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Do The Decent Thing

A parent member of the NFIS support group posted this today: I need to write a letter to my daughters school, Paediatrics, CAMHS, ‘high ups’ in the NHS and DfE, Norfolk County Council (education and social care) and my GP Surgery (think that’s everyone). But I’m tired and weary [...]

School Refusal: Duties, Decisions & Dilemmas

Duties Current government legislation states that it is the duty of parents to ensure children receive efficient full-time education suitable to their age, ability, aptitude, and to any special educational needs they may have; 'either by regular attendance at school or otherwise.' The majority of parents choose to enrol [...]

Bullying and school refusal – what can we do?

Unsurprisingly bullying can be a contributory factor in school refusal and attendance difficulties. Children and young people may be avoiding school to protect themselves from bullying or as a result of the effects on their self-esteem and mental health. "Bullying is repeated negative behaviour done on purpose to hurt [...]