School absence

The Children and Young People’s Mental Health Coalition and Centre for Mental Health have published a report on school absence. The report reviews Government data and examines the evidence base which finds a link between increases in school absence and the rise of mental health difficulties. The report discusses groups of children facing barriers to attendance such as care experienced children, children experiencing bullying, and children living in poverty. Recommendations call for the Department for Education to introduce a mental health and wellbeing absence code.

Read the report: Not in school: the mental health barriers to school attendance

Source: Children and Young People’s Mental Health Coalition, Centre for Mental Health

Date: 24 April 2024

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