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What is ESBA?

Emotionally Based School Avoidance (EBSA) is a term used to describe children and young people (CYP) who experience challenges in attending school due to negative feelings (such as anxiety). EBSA is commonly associated with emotional and physical distress, and a reluctance to attend school, which can lead to reduced attendance and further anxiety regarding school.

Anxiety around attending school is common for a variety of reasons. In cases where there is good reason for fear, this needs to be tackled directly with the school, and any issues resolved. When anxiety around attending school is based on fear of things that are unlikely to happen, or that do not form a real threat to a young person, it might help them to manage their anxiety better if they know some tools and coping strategies

Become a volunteer!

Newport Mind is one of 20 Local Minds in Wales, working in partnership with National Mind and Mind Cymru, whilst remaining an independent local charity. In the EBSA (Emotionally Based School Avoidance) project, Newport Mind works with the Educational Psychology Team at Newport City Council, to deliver training to schools and support to young people and their families. 

This role will involve designing and delivering peer-support groups for parents and caregivers of a child who experiences emotionally based school avoidance in Newport.  This can be a lonely and challenging time for families, and support networks make a real difference. 

Newport Mind aims to ensure that the needs and interests of people with mental health problems, people with disabilities, women, men, black and minority ethnic communities, lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, transgender and people of all ages are reflected in all its activities. You will be supported to develop inclusive ways of working with communities when designing peer-support groups. 

To apply please complete the application form attached to this page and return to 

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