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Funded Emotionally Based School Attendance (EBSA) Support

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Emotionally Based School Avoidance Support

Currently Targeting Primary Settings.

Secondary Can Apply From November 2024!

Nessie supports the mental health of children, young people and their families.

We are a not-for-profit, evidence-based, experienced service, funded across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough to provide parent/carer support and to support schools with Emotional Based School Avoidance.

Since Covid 19, numbers of children at risk of missing education have risen significantly.  This newly-commissioned support aims to help children and young people access education, fulfil their potential, be emotionally healthy, and be supported by positive relationships.

This public health funded service will:

  • Build capacity and a shared language and approach across the county so that children and young people can thrive
  • Focus on early intervention to prevent, identify, and reduce children and young people’s mental ill health, social anxiety and resulting EBSA
  • Enable school settings to respond, identify and support children and young people to improve attendance whilst developing a whole school culture of inclusion, safety and emotional regulation
  • Work with existing key services to strengthen and promote the wider offer, reducing mental ill health, promoting access and reducing EBSA
  • Support families so that their children can thrive and access education

A Whole School Approach

School Avoidance

This whole school approach across the Autumn term, will provide you with regular access to a SEN advisor; training; a 12-week prevention / early intervention program for your setting and targeted therapeutic family, child group and individual support. 

We will be linking with our colleagues across Health, Social care, Education and Voluntary sectors to ensure your setting receives focused coordinated support.

Key Information & Requirements

  • The support will run September – December 2024.
  • Your setting will receive training in September (two sessions of 2.5 hours each), and you will need to release your staff so that they can attend.
  • You will need to allocate one member of staff who has capacity to coordinate the support.
  • You will need to provide space for a parent forum; group and 1-1 interventions.
  • You will need to contribute to routine outcome measures.

If you would like to be considered for the support, please complete the online short form by July 10th, 2024.


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