22/23 Emotionally Based School Avoidance (EBSA) Awareness for Local Authority colleagues only (8.6.23)


Cross Phase


Education Psychology Service

Event Details

Start Date and Time Thursday 8 June 10:00 am
End Date and Time Thursday 8 June 12:00 pm
Karen Grandison
Location University Centre Shrewsbury
Parking YesChargable

Event Prices

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Emotionally based school avoidance (EBSA) is an umbrella term used to describe a group of children and young people who have severe difficulties in attending school due to emotional factors, often resulting in prolonged absences from school. 

The impact of EBSA can be far reaching for the young person and can influence short and long-term negative outcomes.  There is no single cause of EBSA and there are likely to be a range of contributary factors. 

Also, the Covid-19 pandemic led to unprecedented and unique circumstances, the emotional impact of which may have intensified or created additional contributory factors for EBSA.


Schools have a pivotal role to play in identifying and intervening to support children and young people with EBSA.  This EBSA awareness course was initially designed for school staff, together with a practically based EBSA workshop.  EBSA is also of interest to professionals from a range of agencies and teams who work with children and young people in.  Shropshire Educational Psychology Service is running this EBSA Awareness for colleagues to help progress the idea of a Shropshire approach to EBSA.


The content of this event matches the awareness raising sessions provided for school staff in 2022.

Please note the session on 8th June 2023 is for LA colleagues only. 


Schools will:

Course outcomes are that delegates will:

  • understand the term EBSA
  • know how to identify EBSA including risk and resiliency factors
  • know about the role of schools
  • know about EBSA assess, plan, do review (APDR) cycle