Emotionally Based School Non-Attendance (EBSNA) Toolkit

The EBSNA (also known as EBSA) toolkit provides guidance and resources for professionals working in or with schools. It should be used to develop an understanding of what leads children and young people to feel that they must avoid school.

The toolkit provides practical guidance on decision-making as well as detailed guidance on:

  • preventative strategies
  • assessing needs
  • intervention planning.

It should be used in partnership with children, young people and their parents/carers to ensure that reintegration planning is informed and collaborative.

If you have any questions relating to the toolkit email

The Buckinghamshire Family Information Service also has EBSNA guidance for parents and carers.



Understanding EBSNA and managing non-attendance with children and young people. 


Part 2: Identification and intervention

Identification and early intervention of EBSNA. 


Appendices and resources

Appendices and resources referenced in the toolkit are available to download and use. 

Part 1: Prevention

Prevention and early identification of EBSNA in children and young people.


Part 3: Returning to school

Returning to school following a period of non-attendance  


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