Emotionally Based School Avoidance (EBSA)

What is EBSA?

Emotionally Based School Avoidance

Emotionally Based School Avoidance (EBSA) is a broad umbrella term used to encompass and describe a cohort of children and young people experiencing significant difficulty attending school due to emotional factors.

The impact of EBSA can be far reaching and research on the subject emphasizes the need for early identification and intervention. 

The resources below have been created by the Educational Psychology Service to support individuals, families, and schools, and are based on the current evidence base of factors which are associated with positive outcomes.


Resources for children and young people


Resources for families



*We would like to thank the West Sussex Educational Psychology Service for their permission to use their resources as inspiration, as well as the EdPsychEd EBSA Horizons course. *