Further local support and resources

Information regarding local services and organisations can be found on the West Sussex Local Offer.

Below are key Local Authority services who can offer support to schools families and young people who may be experiencing EBSA.

Autism and Social Communication Advisory Team

We are a team of Advisory Teachers who promote the educational, social and emotional development of children and young people with Autism Spectrum Conditions (ASC) and Social Communication Difficulties (SCD). Through partnership with parents, professionals within the educational setting and others involved with the child’s development; we aim to maximise high quality local, inclusive educational opportunities for all children with ASD and SCD.

We are all qualified teachers and have additional qualifications in Autism. We provide training opportunities for schools and parents in understanding and supporting those with ASC and SCD.

The team support children and young people who are experiencing emotionally based school avoidance.

School staff can access the Autism and Social Communication Team service advice by making a request for either a telephone or face to face consultation.

A request form is available via the West Sussex Local Offer or by emailing [email protected].

Community Mental Health Liaison Service

The CHMLS provides an early intervention and prevention service for professionals who work with children and young people under the age of 18 who are experiencing mild to moderate mental health difficulties. The team consists of qualified mental health practitioners, support workers and assistant psychologists and is managed by Sussex Partnership Foundation Trust. The service delivers support through consultation, direct work including enhanced consultation and therapeutic intervention and specialist training.

We offer consultation to professionals from a trained mental health practitioner who can offer advice and support where there are concerns about a child of young person’s mental health. These consultations can occur through our telephone consultation line or through a consultation clinic.

In some cases an enhanced level of consultation may occur which involves a joint meeting with the child, young person and/or their family.

Some young people experiencing EBSA may benefit from direct work with the young person and their family alongside the professional using evidence based interventions such as low intensity psychological interventions. All interventions are goal based.

In addition children under 12 may benefit from a small group anxiety based intervention.

Request for consultation are only accepted form people working with CYP not CYP themselves or their families/carers. Consultation can be accessed in the following ways:

  • Consultation telephone line: 03003040304 – open Monday to Friday 12-5pm or request a call back via [email protected]
  • Contacting your named CHML practitioner
  • Booking into a consultation clinic
  • Early Help Family Support Network forums

    Educational Psychology Service

    The Educational Psychology Service (EPS) promotes the development and learning of all children through the application of psychology. Educational Psychologists work at the level of the educational organisation, with individuals and groups of children, teachers and other adults in schools, families, other local authority officers, health, social and care and other agencies. Educational Psychologists have competencies in consultation, assessment, case formulation, and intervention related to children’s learning, developmental, behavioural, emotional and mental health needs. | Consultation: School staff can access Educational Psychology advice via planning meetings or telephone consultation. It is suggested that after staff have gathered information they can access telephone consultation support at the Interpreting the information and planning stage to assist in the identification of function of the EBSA behaviour and inform the subsequent action planning and intervention.

    Chargeable Services: The Educational Psychology Service can deliver training and ongoing supervision for both school and multi-agency staff on working with children and their families who display EBSA. This includes information covered within the good practice guidance and tools for working with young people and families.

    Full details on how to access the service and book on to telephone consultations can be found on the West Sussex Services for Schools Website

    Telephone 01903 839308

  • Area A: [email protected];
  • Area B: [email protected];
  • Area C: [email protected];
  • Area D: [email protected]

  • Early Help Service (EH)

    The EH team delivers vital early help support and Universal services to children and families across West Sussex. The activities and staff in the EH services have a ‘whole family’ approach to support, ranging from pre-birth to 19 years old (and up to 25 years old) with families having one main contact when they need additional support.

    There are six geographical areas or ‘Hubs’ in the county, that are supported by a centrally based team, working from various venues and locations such as ‘Find It Out' shops for young people and existing Children and Family Centres.

  • Advice and signposting to schools – access duty teams or attend local forum meetings to discuss how concerns relating to children, young people and families.
  • Access to a range of group offers and one to one targeted intervention through an Early Help Plan.
  • Drop in services for young people and families.
  • Guidance for professionals on getting early help for young people and their families, including the Family Service Directory of activities and support services in West Sussex.

    Contact Details:

    Telephone: 01403 229 900 Email: [email protected]

    Learning and Behaviour Advisory Team

    We are a team of Advisory Teachers who provide expertise in special and additional educational needs to children, young people, families and schools in order to improve children’s educational outcomes and emotional well-being. We are all qualified teachers and have additional qualifications, experience and knowledge in communication, interaction, cognition, learning, social, emotional and mental health needs and removing barriers to learning. We provide training opportunities for schools in all areas of our expertise, for example dyslexia, dyscalculia, Team Teach, speech and language, Down syndrome, ADHD and behaviour.

    How do we support EBSA

    School staff can access the Learning and Behaviour Team service advice by making a request for either a telephone or face to face consultation.

    How to access support A request form is available via the West Sussex Local Offer or by emailing [email protected]

    Pupil Entitlement: Fair Access

    The fair access team is the gatekeeper of commissioned places at the West Sussex Alternative Provision College. WSAPC offer home based learning, (Blended Learning) usually computer based learning program supported by visiting mentors. School remain very much in contact with the pupil through an initial planning meeting and regular half termly review meetings. Integration back to school is supported by WSAPC. How we support EBSIf a pupil’s non-attendance is medically based and pupil is supported by a consultant, school can apply to the Fair Access Team for Blended Learning. How to access supportSchool needs to complete a fair access referral form and evidence with a consultant’s letter indicating the pupil is too sick to attend mainstream, giving a diagnosis, treatment plan and recommendations for the provision required with timescales. [email protected]

    Pupil Entitlement: Pupil Investigation

    The Pupil Entitlement: Investigation team’s role is primarily to discharge the Local Authorities statutory duties associated with school attendance.

    We offer advice and guidance to schools and families on attendance matters and investigate referrals made by schools to consider if a child’s poor attendance should lead to legal action.

    In addition, the Elective Home Education (EHE) team sits within Investigations. EHE is where a parent removes a young person from the roll of a school to take responsibility for all aspects of the child’s education themselves.

    The EHE team offer basic advice on guidance to parents on how to provide a suitable education provision and will determine at a later date if that provision is effective.

    How do we support EBSA We can advise both parents and schools on the legal framework around any associated school absence. We can offer parents considering Elective Home Education the opportunity to discuss this option to ensure they are able to make an informed decision.

    How to access support General questions around school attendance, including the use of penalties, can be answered by Pupil Entitlement Investigation (PEI). Email: [email protected] Tel: 0330 222 8200 For questions or advice regarding Elective Home Education; Email: [email protected]; Tel: 0330 222 3300

    Special Educational Needs and Disability Information, Advice and Support Service - SENDIAS

    The West Sussex SEND Information, Advice and Support Service (SENDIAS) provide impartial information, advice and support to parents and carers of children who have special educational needs and/ or a disability. The service aims to encourage partnership between parents, school, social care, LA, health and other agencies. How we support EBSA Impartial advice, information and support to parents/carers of pupils with SEND. Service also has YP advisers who can work directly with YP and their families as appropriate. How to access support Helpline : 03302228555 Mon – Fri 9-4 pm Email: [email protected] (parents) [email protected] (Young people)

    Youth Emotional Support - YES

    YES offer a voluntary service for young people (11 – 18th birthday) that help them to identify, acknowledge and work through difficulties they may be facing that are having a negative impact on their emotional wellbeing. How do we support EBSA “Yes” promote emotional wellbeing in young people supporting them to develop strategies to better manage anxiety using a variety of different techniques/ tools which are tailored to young people. Alongside one to one support “Yes” provides anxiety workshops that run in school holidays. They are part of the offer to those young people referred to our service. How to access support Information regarding referral routes and contact details Website: www.yourspacewestsussex.co.uk Duty line: 033302226711 Mon – Fri 9.30 – 4.00 Referrals via GP, school nurse, CAMHS and self-referral through our Find it out Centres


    Anxiety Management

  • Starving the Anxiety Gremlin: A Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Workbook on Anxiety Management for Young People By Kate Collins-Donnelly
  • What to Do When You Worry Too Much: A Kid's Guide to Overcoming Anxiety By Dawn Heubner
  • Information about Anxiety Young Minds
  • Mighty Moe by Lacey Woloshyn
  • Worksheets for anxiety – Anxiety BC
  • Anxiety self help guide – Mood Juice
  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Skills Training Workbook – Hertfordshire Partnership NHS
  • Anxiety by Paul Stallard -Examples of activities
  • Understanding anxiety and panic attacks Mind
  • The Anxious Child: A booklet for parents and carers wanting to know more about anxiety in children and young people.

    General Emotional Wellbeing & Mental Health Literature

  • Managing Your Mind: The Mental Fitness Guide By Gillian Butler and Tony Hope (for older young people)
  • Get Out of Your Mind and Into Your Life for Teens By Joseph V. Ciarrochi , Louise Hayes and Ann Bailey.
  • Stuff That Sucks: Accepting what you can't change and committing to what you can By Ben Sedley
  • Promoting Emotional Resilience - Toolkit
  • The Thriving Adolescent: Using Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Positive Psychology to Help Teens Manage Emotions, Achieve Goals, and Build Connection By Louise Hayes
  • Feeling Good: Promoting children's mental health Centre for Mental Health
  • Parent survival guide
  • Dealing with Feeling by Tina Rae. Published by Lucky Duck
  • I am special by Peter Vermeulon. Jessica Kingsley Publishers
  • A Volcano in My Tummy by Elaine Whitehouse and Warwick Pudney.
  • Emotional Literacy assessment and intervention by Southampton Psychology Service. Published by GL Assessment Limited. (Available for both Primary and Secondary)
  • Online course on how to support young people with mental health difficulties www.minded.org.uk
  • MindEd for families : MindEd for Families has online advice and information from trusted sources and will help you to understand and identify early issues and best support your child.
  • MindED for professionals: MindEd has e-learning applicable across the health, social care, education, criminal justice and community settings. It is aimed at anyone from beginner through to specialist.

    Local Authority Guidance

  • Devon: and EBSA guidance
  • Derbyshire
  • North Somerset

    Books for young children

  • The Goodnight Caterpillar: A Relaxation Story for Kids by Lori Lite
  • Huge bag of worries by Virginia Ironside
  • The Koala that could by Rachel Bright
  • Silly Billy by Anthony Browne
  • Willy the Wimp by Anthoy Browne
  • Owl Babies by Martin Wadell
  • How to catch a star by Oliver Jeffers
  • Willy and the Wobbly house by Margot Sunderland
  • The boy and the bear by Lori Lite
  • Starting school by Janet Ahlbert
  • Back to school tortoise by Lucy M. George
  • Gotcha Smile by Rita Philips Mitchell
  • Halibut Jackson by David Lucas
  • Giraffes can’t dance by Giles Andreae

    Download a PDF version of the Emotionally Based School Avoidance Guidance and other leaflets here.