ESBA (Emotionally Based School Avoidance)

Emotionally Based School Avoidance, is a definition that refers to reduced or nonattendance at school by a child or young person. The term “EBSA” is a pathway that recognises that this avoidance can be caused by emotional, mental health or wellbeing difficulties and is used by educational settings to support young people back into education using a graded approach. This pathway has also been referred to in the past as the Anxiety Based School Refusal Pathway.