To: Department of Education

School Phobia, School Refusal & Separation Anxiety-is recognised within the Dept.

School Phobia, School Refusal & Separation Anxiety-is recognised within the Dept.

Train Educational Professionals, disorder specific guidelines, introduce & adjust policies and provide support for families.

Why is this important?

It is important that children with School Refusal, School Phobia and Separation Anxiety receive mental health support and are not over-ridden by adults, professionals and supporting staff. Currently, children with the debilitating mental illness are forced, restrained and belittled as tactics for continued attendance. Parents are also threatened with attendance penalties and Court action which needs to be removed from policy.

These actions against parents and direct action to the child, worsens the condition as trust becomes diminished, causes more distress to the child, stress and pressure to the families who also report in vast numbers attempted suicide, self harm and running away. Our children must be listened to, heard and allowed to use their voices in the strive to move forward, rehabilitate and allow them to continue with a future. Spending and funds must be put in place as presently, schools and some professionals refuse to acknowledge school refusal, school phobia and its causes either as a budget strategy or simply mis-diagnose.

The UK Government state that Home Educational Support will be given for children who cannot attend school. However, without correct diagnosis and acknowledgement, these children won't have access to any such resources. Thank you for taking the time to read about School Refusal Children and the impact on families.


Reasons for signing

  • Its so important that children and their families are provided with the right kind of support to cope with this mental health issue; these children and their families should not have to suffer, what I know from experience, is the added stress and anxiety of making themselves heard in an attempt to obtain the help they need. Every day can be a battle for some,it shouldn't be.
  • I signed because my brother has a phobia and there is no support and help for him all they wanna do is get the parents done not fix the issues and get the children help just maybe they should support the children not make them worse
  • My daughter has refused to go to school many times and has at times been terribly anxious about it. It has a huge impact on the entire family, and I wonder whether she will ever manage to find some degree of happiness in education.

Updates

2017-01-11 18:29:32 +0000

5,000 signatures reached

2014-12-08 23:11:32 +0000

1,000 signatures reached

2014-12-05 19:11:28 +0000

500 signatures reached

2014-12-03 23:23:19 +0000

100 signatures reached

2014-12-03 22:22:56 +0000

50 signatures reached

2014-12-03 22:01:10 +0000

25 signatures reached

2014-12-03 21:49:41 +0000

10 signatures reached