On 1st March, 2023, a webinar was held to launch the Meath Emotionally Based School Avoidance Resource Pack. The Meath School Avoidance Working Group (coordinated through the Meath CYPSC – Children and Young People’s Services Committee), alongside our colleagues in NEPS (National Educational Psychology Service), HSE Primary Care Psychology, HSE CAMHS (Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service), TESS (Tusla Education Support Service), HSE and Enable Ireland Disability Services, Meath CFSNs (Child and Family Support Networks), and a number of community based services worked in collaboration to develop a ‘School Avoidance Resource Pack’ to deliver to schools across the county.
The webinar targeted Principals and Vice-Principals of Primary and Secondary schools in Co. Meath, and involved the above services speaking briefly about the service they offer, their role in relation to school avoidance and guidance regarding accessing this service for a student engaging in school avoidance. There was also an opportunity for a Question & Answers session at the end.
Further to the webinar, copies of the Meath School Avoidance Resource Pack were delivered to all schools in Co. Meath. The resource pack has been designed to provide schools, students and parents/guardians/carers with a School Avoidance Pathway. The pathway was developed by services working with young people who are experiencing difficulties attending school for various reasons. It is hoped that this pathway and resource pack will provide a guide for schools and parents/guardians/carers on the best way to manage school avoidance and the relevant services that may be of assistance.
Click on the link below to access the ebook of the Meath School Avoidance Resource Pack.
This initiative was funded by Meath CYPSC from the DCEDIY BOBF Fund 2022/2023.