Not Fine in School
Not Fine in School is a resource for families with children who struggle to attend school due to various barriers. They share a variety of resources for young people, parents and carers. This includes information (including on systems, services and the law), a blog and parent/carer Facebook support group which offers a space for shared lived experiences and peer empowerment.
Square Peg is a social enterprise set up and run by people with lived experience of family members who have found it too difficult to attend school. They aim to effect change for children who struggle to attend school – and for their families.
Their work includes building connections between relevant organisations, research, consultation and raising awareness on relevant issues – including what sorts of changes are needed. Resources for parents, carers, children and young people include a bank of videos where people with lived experience share their stories.
School refusal support services
A website run by a parent with lived experience of their child refusing school.
National Autistic Society website
- Click here to view ‘What can I do if my child won’t go to school’
- Click here to view the ‘School exclusion helpline’
- Click here to view the ‘Education rights helpline’
- Click here to view the ‘Education tribunal support helpline’
‘School stress and anxiety – How it can lead to refusal and impact on family life’
An excellent document to share with teachers on how to support an autistic student that is struggling with school related anxiety. Click here to access this document.
Dr Pooky Knightsmith
- Click here to view ‘Supporting children struggling to attend school’
- Click here to view ‘EBSA 2- Early intervention’
Dr Naomi Fisher
Dr Fisher is an Educational Psychologist with an interest in how the school system affects the mental health and wellbeing of children and young people.
- Click here to view ‘The side effects of school: A crisis in mental health can’t be solved through therapy’
Resources to support with autistic burnout
- Click here for National Autistic Society advice for parents and carers of autistic children and young people – how to support with burnout and fatigue
- Click here for Autism Space advice about coping with burnout and fatigue
Autism Space -printable/sharable PDF ideas on how to get things done (including ‘Now, Next, Later’ board
Buckets for Brains visual to explain burnout
By autistic artist Tzipporah Johnston
‘Can’t Not Won’t – A Story about a Child who Couldn’t Go to School’ by Eliza Fricker
Amazon says: ‘Eliza Fricker gets it. Her compelling, hard-hitting and irreverently humorous illustrations follow a family through the early days of school avoidance, the process of accessing support and the challenges of coping in the meantime. Can’t Not Won’t illuminates the absurdity and frustrations that often arise when dealing with health, social and educational systems, and will help any parent in the same boat feel seen. This guide acts as a way to communicate these difficult circumstances with others.
Wonderfully relatable, the book also includes written guidance for parents and professionals on what works best when it comes to managing school avoidance’.
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