Not Fine in School is a parent/carer-led organisation set up to address the growing number of children and young people who struggle with school attendance. This may be due to unmet Special Educational Needs & Disabilities (diagnosed or suspected), bullying, trauma, physical illness or excessive anxiety. School attendance difficulties are often poorly understood, are compounded by current challenges within the education system, and can have severe consequences for both child and family. NFIS exists primarily to raise awareness and support these children and their families.
No-one should be alone in coping with school-based anxiety and attendance difficulties. We provide peer-support for family members, and advice for young people and schools.
We share informative resources to help you make decisions, find solutions for school attendance difficulties, and take positive steps to find help and support for your child and you.
We work alongside other organisations and people to campaign for change. We also seek out ways to share knowledge of school refusal and raise awareness of related issues.
SQUARE PEG & NFIS are calling for the creation of a new legal attendance/absence code that will measure the scale of school refusal, ensure a consistent school response and alleviate the threat of parent prosecution. A new attendance code must also be supported by comprehensive research, successful school refusal response plans and national guidance.