ABOUT US

Our Team

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The NFIS team are parents with children who have experienced school attendance difficulties.  Our experiences cover a wide range of influences and causes so between us we have a useful mix of knowledge and interests.


Many members of the team are also employed in related professional roles including teaching, mental health support, advocacy, therapy and academic research.


We are all passionate about helping and empowering other parents. We know how it feels to experience the high levels of stress and anxiety created by the catalogue of issues that relate to school attendance difficulties. 

Our Focus

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NFIS was founded in November 2017. We have grown from 100 members in January 2018 to over 6,000 members in April 2019; with an average of 100 new members a week - which evidences the scale of the problem. 


One of our founder parents - Beth Bodycote, is now conducting PhD research into parent experiences of school refusal. 


This gives NFIS an effective and academic evidence base, and a body of parents who are essential stakeholders in building models of best practice and targeting specific areas where change is needed. 

Our Aims

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NFIS provide parents with a safe space so that they feel part of a community who understand the issues they are facing and offer peer advice and empathy to each other.

 

We want to support, inform and empower parents and other family members. 


In parallel we are keen to build a better understanding of school attendance difficulties, promote best practice and work with others to effect change so that in the future parents do not have to go through similar experiences.

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FAMILY SUPPORT GROUP

  • This group is specifically for parents and other adult FAMILY members
  • It is a Facebook CLOSED group so only members can see what is posted
  • The group is very PROACTIVE, offering virtually 24/7 peer support and advice. Within the group we average around 50,000 posts, comments and reactions a month
  • We have internal LOCAL CHAT groups so that people can connect with others in their area and swap local information.
  • LEARNING units and a FILES section are available to provide information and advice
  • The majority of members are UK based, however we also have members from other countries around the world, including USA, Ireland, Canada, South Africa, Spain, UAE, New Zealand and we are linked to a similar group in Australia.


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