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DSPL9 EBSA Support Package

Following the Emotionally Based School Absence guidance that was produced by the Education Psychology Service (EPS) in March 2021 and the focus of this area across Hertfordshire, the DSPL 9 SEND Review Group have made EBSA the priority this year.  They have worked with a wider audience of stakeholders to consider how as a DSPL we can support schools, Children and Young People (CYP) and parents in enabling and empowering CYP to move back into the schools and classrooms with limited emotional barriers and the tools, support network and confidence to access learning, friendships and school life.


This document and support package is available to all mainstream primary and secondary aged children and young people who are experiencing Emotional Based School Absence (EBSA). West Sussex County Council (2022) state that Emotional Based School Absence (EBSA) is a broad umbrella term used to describe a group of children and young people who have severe difficulty in attending school due to emotional factors, often resulting in prolonged absences from school.  The impact of EBSA on young people and schools is far reaching.  Outcomes for young people who display EBSA include poor academic attainment, reduced social opportunities and limited employment opportunities.   EBSA is also associated with poor adult mental health.


Tier 3 (Solution Circle) dates

Bookings are essential and should be made via

Date Primary Secondary
11th November 2024 12.30 -2pm  2.30 -4pm
2nd December 2024 12.30 -2pm 2.30 - 4pm
13th January 2025 12.30 -2pm 2.30 - 4pm
27th January 2025 12.30 -2pm 2.30 - 4pm
3rd March 2025 12.30 -2pm 2.30 - 4pm
24th March 2025 12.30 -2pm 2.30 - 4pm
28th April 2025 12.30 -2pm 2.30 - 4pm
12th May 2025 12.30 -2pm 2.30 - 4pm
2nd June 2025 12.30 -2pm 2.30 - 4pm
30th June 2025 12.30 -2pm 2.30 - 4pm
Tier 4 (Specialist Support) Panel dates

Application Deadline

Panel meeting

Start of support

End of support

Round 1

7th October 2024

21st October 2024

4th November 2024

10th February 2025

Round 2

20th January 2025

3rd February 2025

24th February 2025

9th June 2025

Please see the DSPL9 EBSA Support Package guidance document below for full details of support available at all tiers, along with required forms.