Parents warn of tsunami of school-anxiety cases

Parents warn of tsunami of school-anxiety cases

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Parent groups are warning of a “tsunami” of crippling school-anxiety cases leading to persistent and debilitating absence from education.

There is no official data on absence due to school anxiety and many affected pupils are labelled truants but support groups are being flooded with calls.

And an education lawyer in north-west England says the pandemic has made an “unprecedented crisis” even worse.

The education department said it was investing £17m in school mental health.

Children with school anxiety may experience physical symptoms such as stomach pain, nausea and headaches before school or have immobilising anxiety, panic attacks or something that seems like a tantrum.

They may even threaten to harm themselves if parents make them go to school, and yet their parents can still be threatened with fines and court action.

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