Nurturing and Supporting Mental Wellbeing

Emotionally Based School Absence

Below is our new practitioner’s guide for responding to emotionally based school absence (EBSA in East Renfrewshire. This guidance aims to help East Renfrewshire practitioners working with children and young people who find it difficult to attend school.  It identifies the key factors that contribute to high levels of attendance and how to respond to emotionally-based absence.  It considers whole school and community factors that impact on attendance and engagement, and advice on how to support individuals where school absence has become problematic. To ensure the highest standards of practice in this area, this guidance should be considered alongside Standard Circular 5 and relevant policy drivers such as Included Engaged and Involved Part One and Compassionate Connected Communities.

To access information about specific areas within the EBSA guidance follow the links below:

An Introduction to Emotionally Based School Absence

Whole School Prevention and Support 

Individualised Support 



Find below presentations from our training programme:

EBSA Session 1: Language, Attitudes and Contributing Factors 

EBSA Session 2: Assessment and Information Gathering

EBSA Session 3: Outcome Focused Planning

EBSA Session 4: Interventions and Evidence-Based Practice


Click the image below to access an interactive guide for schools tackling attendance by Forth Valley and West Lothian Regional Improvement Collaborative.



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