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