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Supporting Parent Carers to find solutions for school attendance difficulties

Define Fine is a national parent carer led peer support organisation. Our team all have lived experience of children and young people with  school attendance difficulties,  sometimes referred to as EBSA: Emotionally Based School Avoidance - linked to unmet Special Educational Needs & Disabilities including physical or mental health, either suspected or diagnosed, bullying,  issues relating to academic pressure, or even the school environment. 

Our tried and tested support model is based on current  relevant government guidance and  research enable  parent carers and professionals to work together from the earliest signs that a child or young person is experiencing  barriers to education. 

Guidance and Resources

Our Barriers to Education  guide is based on statutory and other  government guidance to enable parent carers and professionals to  work together  to find solutions around attendance difficulties. We also share links to useful information  and research from  trusted sources. 

Parent Peer Support and Advocacy

We provide peer support  for parent carers through our closed Facebook  Group, webinars , Q&A sessions and some direct 1:1 support and advocacy.  We aim to empower our members  with an understanding of the relevant government guidance so they can advocate for their own children and young people. 

Training and Consultancy

We provide  training and consultancy to  Professionals, Parent Carer Forums, SENDiass, Mental health and SEND support groups, local authorities, ICB's and other organisations. We have two CPD accredited webinars with Q&A sessions which can be tailored to requirements. 


We  support Parent Carers and offer training, consultancy and case management to Professionals and Support Organisations