Raising a 'red flag' by not going to school: A grounded theory study of family coach intervention with persistent school non-attender

Tobias, Adele (2018) Raising a 'red flag' by not going to school: A grounded theory study of family coach intervention with persistent school non-attender. Professional Doctorate thesis, Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust / University of Essex.

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Persistent school non attendance (PSNA) is a widely acknowledged problem. Outcomes for persistent absentees are poor in the long term. Children and young people (CYP) who are often absent from school are more likely than others to leave with few or no qualifications, to suffer mental health difficulties and to become criminal offenders in adult life. Family coaches work with families where a child has persistently poor or no school attendance, alongside adult unemployment or anti-social behaviour. Uniquely, their work extends across different systems: school; family; professional services and the wider community. As a team, they have extensive experience of casework, having worked with several hundred families in the local authority. This grounded theory study draws upon the unique perspective and experience of this team in order to understand what factors they perceive to induce and constrain the successful reintegration of CYP, from coaching families, to school after a period of PSNA. A theoretical framework, based upon their combined experiences, is set out in order to help inform future work within the local context and beyond. This emphasises the importance of ensuring that CYP feel safe in their family home, as the key focus of successful coaching intervention.

Item Type: Thesis (Professional Doctorate)
Additional Information: Thesis submitted in partial fulfilment of the requirements of the Professional Doctorate in Child and Educational Psychology awarded by the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust in collaboration with the University of Essex. Full text not available until 1 April 2020.
Uncontrolled Keywords: Doctorate in Child and Educational Psychology, M5, Red, Flag, EdPsych Updates
Subjects: Learning & Education > Educational Psychology
Department/People: Children, Young Adult and Family Services
Research
Depositing User: Ms Linda Dolben
Date Deposited: 20 Feb 2018 11:39
Last Modified: 18 Sep 2018 09:59
URI: http://repository.tavistockandportman.ac.uk/id/eprint/1714

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