School refusal: parents forced to quit jobs to care for children who can’t go to class, Senate inquiry told

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Mental health organisations share concerns about how students are coping after pandemic closures

Some parents have been forced to quit their jobs or scale back their hours to care for children who can’t go to class, a Senate inquiry into the concerning trend of school refusal has been told.

The mental health organisations Beyond Blue and the Black Dog Institute have shared their concern about how students are coping with returning to classrooms after Covid forced school closures and a switch to online learning, with worries about how to best support children struggling with anxiety, depression or separation issues.

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