05-17-2021 03:20 PM - edited 05-18-2021 01:57 PM
Hello to our wonderful parents and carers!
We've noticed in recent months that we've been hearing more from parents with young people who've been refusing to go to school - for some, this is something that's been happening for awhile, for others it's something that became much worse after COVID. Some kids really struggle with the transition to high school, and sometimes as parents we may have no idea what is lying behind their kids' refusal to go to school.
What we do know is that it can be stressful , upsetting, and confusing for parents in knowing how to handle this kind of situation. It can also be really lonely- especially if you're not wanting to tell other people in your 'real' life too much about what's happening.
So we thought it could be useful to try something a bit new, and have this space here -
This is your space to talk about school refusal, how it's affected your family, and what things you've tried ! It's for parents to talk about what's worked for them, what they're going through, and what's been helpful for you and your family- and also to vent if you need to, and get support from other people who've been there too.
If you're someone who prefers to read articles, we have content on school refusal too:
I'm just going to tag some parents here who've posted recently about this with their own kids who might be interested in this space- sometimes it can help a lot just to have a safe space to chat. And just a quick reminder that this forum is anonymous, which means we ask that parents don't reveal any identifying info about their kids/ schools/ location.
05-18-2021 09:11 AM
Just tagging some parents/carers in this post who've posted recently about school refusal- if you'd like to connect and chat here, this is a safe space to do that. It can also be so helpful for other familes to hear about what's worked, what hasn't, and how you're coping. Hope you and your families are all travelling ok
05-20-2021 09:19 AM
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05-21-2021 10:32 PM
Hi @Seahorse47, it sounds like you are in a pretty difficult situation with your son and aren’t sure how to approach the issue moving forward. It can be frustrating when we are faced with the balance between acknowledging and supporting our children versus encouraging and challenging them to tackle issues within their lives. Currently it sounds like your son is well supported with plans from school, and with a counsellor.
What steps have you taken at home to try and address his current difficulties? Has he been able to open up as to why he has been having difficulties with school? What does he occupy his time with when he is not engaged with school?
05-22-2021 02:33 PM
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