Square Peg has been set up to effect change for children with school attendance difficulties and their families. Its aim is to connect relevant professionals and policy makers and focus on three core areas of change: legislation, research and guidance. The end goal is consistent guidance, based on proven, effective best practice that works for schools, children and families. 

Attendance and attainment cannot be at the expense of a child’s mental health and emotional wellbeing.

SQUARE PEG & nfis campaign in partnership



We are working with Education Law specialists Irwin Mitchell to explore potential legal challenges against the Department for Education on behalf of children with school attendance difficulties. In order to do this we need to raise £5,000 for the initial stage of work. After this we hope to identify three or four potential cases and apply for legal aid on behalf of those individual children.



There are no easy answers to school refusal



Create a new legal attendance/absence code that will measure the scale of school refusal, ensure a consistent school response and alleviate parents from the threat of prosecution.

Education Select Committee SEND ENQUIRY


Not Fine In School and Square Peg made a written submission to the current SEND Enquiry detailing the findings of three NFIS surveys about school attendance difficulties and the links with SEND.



Press release about the judicial review crowdfunding (May 2019)



Article about the judicial review crowdfunding campaign by Beth Bodycote (May 2019)



Is School 'Refusal' Really Refusal?  by Fran Morgan (October 2019)



The injustice of school 'refusal' by Fran Margan (October 2019)



Article about our campaign by Julie Henry (November 2019)



Fiightback originated as a small secret group about seven years ago after a numbers of us were accused. We found each other and supported each other. We found other groups that supported us and we slowly grew in number.

After the Royal college of nursing published the fii masterclass slides a small number of accused and non accused mums saw the need to expand the group and start campaigning against the flood of accusations that were coming in and fiightback was born June 2017. 

We try our best to support, guild, find expert lawyers, advocates, organise press, lobby, build networks, build evidence of what’s happening and come up with ideas to change the situation. We aren’t perfect but we try. We will try our best to be there for you. We won’t judge you.



END VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN is running the #MeToo at School campaign asking Government and schools to take immediate action to end sexual violence and harassment at school.

Some stats:

  • 1/3 of 16-18 year old girls say they have experienced unwanted sexual touching at school
  • 59% of young women aged 13-21 say they had faced some form of sexual harassment at school or college in the past year
  • 600 rapes in schools were reported to police between 2012 and 2015 – an average of a rape every day of the school year.
  • Nearly three-quarters (71%) of all 16-18 year olds say they hear terms like “slut” or “slag” used towards girls at school on a regular basis
  • 24% 16-18-year-olds say that their teachers never said unwanted sexual touching, sharing of sexual pictures or sexual name calling are unacceptable
  • Sex and relationship education is still not compulsory in all schools and plans to introduce it give faith schools an opt-out


EVAW is a leading coalition of specialist women’s support services, researchers, activists, survivors and NGOs working to end violence against women and girls in all its forms.

Established in 2005, we campaign for every level of government to adopt better, more joined up approaches to ending and preventing violence against women and girls, and we challenge the wider cultural attitudes that tolerate and condone this abuse.

PACT (Suffolk)

Parents and Carers Together

PACT is a Suffolk-wide support group for parents and carers who are supporting children and young people with emotional and mental health issues whether diagnosed or otherwise. We organize regular meetups across the county and are a group of friendly and experienced parents who offer support, education, training, help and advice on many areas around children's mental health. 

We find we all share similar experiences, and are a non-judgemental group that recognize the need for supporting one another, usually over a coffee!

We also offer 1-1 help and support (by email, text, phone and social media), training sessions and workshops for parents, guest speakers have also included Healthwatch Suffolk & Suffolk Constabulary.


Problem Shared

TEAM DANIEL's Problem Shared campaign is calling for every school to have a counsellor, so that every pupil has somebody to talk to if they’re struggling.

NFIS group member, Emma started the campaign after her son Daniel took his own life - she explains:

Daniel was 15 years old and due to sit his mock GCSEs in May/June 2017, he’d sat a few mocks but I could see the changes in his behaviour and he became obsessed with revision because he thought he wouldn’t be able to remember everything.

One day when I came in from work I found him rocking at the kitchen table just staring at the wall and I told him he had to stop… this was a week before he took his own life… he had a mock exam on the Monday and he took his life Sunday afternoon whilst I was downstairs. Ever since I have been campaigning and meeting MPs etc and I’m slowly getting somewhere and people are listening

This is the petition link:

This is the Campaign call:

Please sign the petition and support Emma’s campaign.

Campaign Call

Radio Aire’s teaming up with a Leeds mum whose 15-year-old son took his own life in his bedroom because he became so stressed revising for his GCSEs.

Our Problem Shared campaign is calling for every school to have a counsellor, so that every pupil has somebody to talk to if they’re struggling.


Home Education UK

Home Education UK is the oldest website supporting elective home educators in the UK. The website carries information on many aspects of home education, and related issues, including an excellent FAQ as an introduction to the subject for those first considering home educating their child. 

A forum page features details of hundreds of forums where you can find local or specialised support as well as HE UK's own national forums, both FB based and email based, where you will find thousands of experienced home educators, many of whom are willing to share their experiences and collective wisdom.