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Define Fine:   Parent Peer Support for School Attendance Difficulties

We are a parent/carer-led organisation set up in response to the growing number of children and young people who experience school attendance difficulties. This is sometimes referred to as ‘school refusal’, or emotionally based school avoidance and may be due to unmet Special Educational Needs & Disabilities including physical or mental illness, either suspected or diagnosed, bullying or issues relating to academic pressure, or even the school environment. 

We provide peer support, using our tried and tested resources and to help parents advocate for the support their children and young people need to be able to learn and achieve. We run regular online webinars and workshops to share effective methods of advocacy and requests for support, and work closely with other SEND support groups, and in some areas with the LA and/or SENDIASS.  We do not charge for support services as we are grant and donation funded, although we do charge a fee to organisations  who invite us to present our workshops, or to speak at conferences and we are currently in the process of registering our courses for CPD Certification. 

We are building up a growing network of parent peer supporters, who we train and support to use our guides to enable them to communicate with professionals and request the necessary support to improve attendance.   Many of our parents, who we have supported in the past, choose to stay with us to help other families experiencing attendance difficulties.   

Who to contact

Contact Name
Louise Parker Engels
Contact Position
Secondary E-mail

Where to go

Registered address
LE16 7RU

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