School Phobia / School Refusal Australia, is a closed peer support group on Facebook for parents & carers who have a school aged child (5 - 18 years old) who is experiencing "School Refusal Behaviour".  This is a peer support group run by parents and carers whose own children and adolescents currently are, or have in the past, experienced school refusal behaviour in Australian mainstream primary and secondary schools.

The Australia Group and website have a range of resources that can be accessed.



The International Network for School Attendance (INSA) promotes school attendance and responds to school attendance problems.

Check for organizations, activities, and resources that are unique to your country (countries are arranged alphabetically). As the International Network for School Attendance grows, materials and countries will be added to the My Country pages.



Homeschooling and Unschooling in Australia. 

A website full of resources, information and advice by Beverley Paine.

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Information Services Division (ISD) and NHS Education for Scotland (NES) have merged publications on Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) workforce, waiting times and activity data in order to provide a fuller picture of CAMHS in Scotland. The joint publication was first published in June 2018.

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Enquire is the Scottish advice service for additional support for learning



Reach is Enquire’s service for young people. 

My Rights, My Say is a partnership between Enquire (including Reach), Children in Scotland, Partners in Advocacy and Cairn Legal. They can help you talk to your school or sort out a disagreement with them.



The SCSC is committed to improving mental health services for children and young people. We aim to achieve this through campaigning for the increased provision of a wide range of high-quality, well-resourced and quickly accessible services.

Mental health problems include depression, anxiety, eating disorders, obsessive compulsive disorder, ADHD and self-harm.

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The Autism Toolbox is a resource to support the inclusion of children and young people with autism spectrum disorder in mainstream education services in Scotland. As well as introducing and describing some of the more common challenges a pupil with autism might face, it provides real life case studies from Scottish schools and practical examples of supports that you can translate and use in your own school setting. It also signposts you to other websites you may find useful.

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Getting it right for every child (GIRFEC) supports families by making sure children and young people can receive the right help, at the right time, from the right people. The aim is to help them to grow up feeling loved, safe and respected so that they can realise their full potential.

Most children and young people get all the help and support they need from their parent(s), wider family and community but sometimes, perhaps unexpectedly, they may need a bit of extra help.

GIRFEC is a way for families to work in partnership with people who can support them, such as teachers, doctors and nurses.

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Education Scotland Parentzone

Information about education in Scotland and individual schools. 

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Home educating in Scotland.

Advice, information and resources




SNAP Cymru is a national charity, unique to Wales, founded in 1986. Its main aim is to advance the education of people in Wales and support their inclusion.

SNAP Cymru offers free and independent information, advice and support to help get the right education for children and young people with all kinds of special educational needs (SEN) and disabilities.  We give advice and support on a range of issues including assessments, statements of special educational needs, bullying, school attendance, exclusion, health and social care provision and discrimination.

We also provide advocacy, disagreement resolution and training for young people, parents and professionals.


My Local School

My Local School is a website designed to provide school performance data for parents and others who may have an interest, in particular pupils and governors. It has been developed through consultation with key partners.

The site aims to present information in a clear and simple format. The data is displayed by school. This is to allow the viewer access to a wealth of information from a range of sources about a particular school.

The site presents many of the outputs of the education system such as examination performance, but also some of the inputs such as finance. However it cannot measure other factors such as levels of parental involvement, support networks in place for pupils, external tuition and the levels of motivation that an individual pupil has to attain the best she or he can.

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Children in Wales

Children in Wales is the national umbrella body for organisations and individuals who work with children, young people and their families in Wales.Together we:

  • Contribute to making implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child a reality in Wales
  • Fight for sustainable quality services and fair shares for all children and young people
  • Ensure special attention and treatment for children in need and those who are marginalised
  • Ensure children and young people have a voice

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ASDinfoWales is the national site for Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). Here you will find information about Autism Spectrum Disorders (including Autism and Asperger Syndrome), service details, training opportunities and updates on the implementation of the ASD Strategic Action Plan for Wales.

You will also find downloadable resources that can be shared with individuals with ASD, their family and carers.

This site is aimed at those working with children and adults with ASD.

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School Attendance

School attendance codes: guidance 

The codes that schools must use when recording attendance information.

School exclusion: guidance for pupils

Explains when you can be excluded and what will happen if you are. 

Inclusion and pupil support: guidance for schools and local authorities

Guidance on providing inclusive education and developing school attendance and behaviour policies.

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Department for Education & Skills

Info for parents

National Council for Special Education

The National Council for Special Education (NCSE) was set up to improve the delivery of education services to persons with special educational needs arising from disabilities with particular emphasis on children. The Council was first established as an independent statutory body by order of the Minister for Education and Science in December 2003.

Our local service is delivered through our national network of Special Educational Needs Organisers (SENOs) who interact with parents and schools and liaise with the HSE in providing resources to support children with special educational needs.

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NEPS stands for the National Educational Psychological Service. NEPS psychologists specialise in working with the school community. We work with both primary and post-primary schools. We are concerned with learning, behaviour, social and emotional development. Each psychologist is assigned to a group of schools.

We work in partnership with teachers, parents and children in identifying educational needs. We offer a range of services aimed at meeting these needs, for example, supporting individual students (through consultation and assessment), special projects and research.

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Inclusion Support Service

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Home Tuition

The purpose of this Home Tuition Scheme is to provide a compensatory educational service for children who, for a number of reasons such as chronic illness, are unable to attend school. The scheme also provides a compensatory educational service for children with special educational needs seeking an educational placement. Provision is also made for early educational intervention for children with autism.

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The Child and Family Agency was established on the 1st January 2014 and is now the dedicated State agency responsible for improving wellbeing and outcomes for children. It represents the most comprehensive reform of child protection, early intervention and family support services ever undertaken in Ireland.




The Special Educational Needs Advice Centre (SENAC) is a regional charity set up in 2003. We provide confidential, independent advice and advocacy on behalf of children and young people with disabilities and special educational needs (SEN) attending schools in Northern Ireland up to the age of 19 years.

We offer free, confidential, independent advice and information to parents and carers on all aspects of the statutory framework of SEN provision in Northern Ireland.


Education Outside of School

Education Other Than At School

Alternative Education Provision

Elective Home Education

Education Support

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NI Direct Special Educational Needs

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School Attendance & Absence

Information about the legal aspects of school attendance and absence

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Education Welfare Service

The Education Welfare Service (EWS) is a specialist education support service which seeks to help young people and their families get the best out of the education system.

We work in partnership with the young people, their families, the schools, other education services as well as statutory and voluntary agencies.

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Pupil Health & Wellbeing


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