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Granddaughter's Absence From School due to anxiety attacks.

PolPol Member Posts: 10 Listener
My 11 year old granddaughter has been having very severe anxiety attacks and kicks and screaming being taken to school. As a result she has been absent from school for the past few weeks. Her mum (my daughter) and her partner have taken my granddaughter to the GP surgery to discuss the problems and they are also waiting for a mental health referral, but due to the high demand in this area, it is taking a long time to be arranged. Now the school want my daughter and her partner to go before a panel to discuss the absences. The GP surgery has refused to give a letter of support as most of the visits were to see a locum doctor rather than the designated GP. The only other supporting evidence they have is the letter informing them of the mental health referral. They are obviously extremely worried that the school will take punitive action against them and they have never faced anything like this before. What should they do? Any practical information I could pass on to them would be very useful!


  • GeoarkGeoark Member, Scope Volunteer Posts: 1,375 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi @Pol

    You don't say when the panel is meeting. However assuming this will be soon I would strongly recommend they contact IPSEA to see where they stand. 

    Telephone: 01799 582030 (Monday to Friday, 9am-5pm)

    They can find out more about IPSEA at

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  • Pippa_AlumniPippa_Alumni Scope alumni Posts: 5,851 Disability Gamechanger
    I'm so sorry to hear this @Pol, it sounds like a difficult situation for you all and I'm sorry your daughter is having to face this alongside everything else. You've had some good advice above for moving forwards, and please do keep us updated.
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