Online via Zoom (link is shared with the confirmation email). Please register here.
The webinar is free to attend and is funded by NHSE SE and SW. It is aimed at individuals working with children and young people in these areas.
Children who stop attending school are often called truants or school refusers, placing the reason for their absence as a problem within the child. This session proposes a different way of interpreting their absence, by sharing lessons learnt from research with 10 autistic girls who stopped attending mainstream secondary schools. It presents some of their experiences, strategies that helped and those that did not, and their recommendations for change. Their narratives are contextualised with findings from an analysis of secondary data retrieved from the Department for Education (DfE) and the autism assessment team of an NHS Trust.
Although focused on the views of autistic young people, the findings may be relevant for other young people with neurological differences who stop attending school, and for the staff working with them. Learning and recommendations will help support people to remain in school and at home and reduce the likelihood of admission to hospital, as part of a person-centred plan. The session will be delivered by Dr Ruth Moyse.
This excellent short video was created based on an interview with Erin as part of Ruth’s research: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KSKvazfTLv8
Please use the link here to register for the webinar. You will receive an email to confirm your place within a week of completion along with the Zoom link.