Not Fine in School is a parent/carer-led organisation set up in response to the growing number of children and young people who struggle with school attendance. This is often inaccurately or unfairly referred to as 'school refusal', so we prefer to promote use of the term 'School Attendance Barriers'. These barriers may relate to unmet Special Educational Needs & Disabilities (diagnosed or suspected), bullying, trauma, excessive levels of academic pressure, physical illness or mental illness. School attendance barriers are poorly understood, are compounded by current challenges within education and health systems, and if not removed effectively, can have severe consequences for both child and family. NFIS aims to empower these children and families, and to research and raise awareness of their experiences. NFIS is also keen to support professionals who wish to see improvements to the support offered, and change to responses within systems to reduce the numbers of children experiencing attendance barriers.
No-one should be alone in coping with school-based anxiety & attendance barriers. We offer peer-support for family members, & advice for young people & schools.
We share resources to help you make decisions, find solutions to remove school attendance barriers, & take positive steps to find help & support for your child & you.
We work alongside other organisations & people to campaign for change. We also seek out ways to share knowledge of attendance barriers & raise awareness of related issues.