This petition calls on the Government to create a new legal attendance/absence code that will measure the scale of school refusal, ensure a consistent school response and alleviate parents from the threat of prosecution.
Why is this important?
School refusal (sometimes known as school phobia or emotionally based school avoidance) is usually characterised by off-the-scale anxiety. It can result from any number of underlying issues including bullying, an undiagnosed/unsupported Special Educational Need or Disability (SEND) or a mental health problem.
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