School refusal and truancy
school; refusal; truancy; truant; ;
School refusal is when a child does not want to go to school, or is afraid to go to school, or refuses to go to school. Often these children will be sick or miserable in the mornings. They want to stay at home rather than go out and do other things.
Truancy on the other hand is when children leave for school or go to school but then slip off, often to meet with friends or do something that may involve breaking rules.
To find out more
The Raising Children Network website has a lot of information about school aged children, including information about development, behaviour, fitness, health and daily care. As well as articles there are several videos. The Raising Children Network site has been funded by the Australian Government.
Books for Parents and children (School refusal)
There are many books available - check with your school librarian or children's librarian at your local library.
The information on this site should not be used as an alternative to professional care. If you have a particular problem, see a doctor, or ring the Parent Helpline on 1300 364 100 (local call cost from anywhere in South Australia).
This topic may use 'he' and 'she' in turn - please change to suit your child's sex.