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To: Department of Education
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.