Information in the menus below was updated in October 2019. To contribute information that may be of interest to others in your country, please contact your country’s hosts: Mikael Thastum (email@example.com) or Daniel Bach Johnsen (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Frederikke Skaaning Knage (email@example.com). As the International Network for School Attendance grows, materials will be added to your country’s webpage.
People, groups, and organizations
Not for profit
- The Danish Ministry of Education (Undervsiningsministeriet)
- Jonas Yde Højgaard conducts research on how absence affects school, children and parents: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Center for the Psychological Treatment of Children and Adolescents (CEBU), a research center conducting research regarding psychological treatment for children and adolescents
- Mikael Thastum, email@example.com
- Johanne Jeppesen Lomholt, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Daniel Bach Johnsen, email@example.com
- 'Turning Point – Department for School Refusal Behavior’ (Vendpunktet – Enhed for Skolevægring), at Denmark’s largest school for special education, Behandlingsskolerne
Current and upcoming activities and achievements
- 2019 April - ongoing: The Back2School project is concluded. Preparations are being made to analyse the data and prepare the results for publication.
- An intervention for children with school absenteeism has beguin in Region Syddanmark.
- New Danish special issue on school absenteeism for social workers.
Past activities and achievements
- 2019 April: Two conferences on school absenteeism: Elevfravær – strategier og indsatser. Dafolo.
- 2019 March: “I don’t want to go to school!!!”(Danish: Jeg vil ikke I skole!!!) Conference in Aarhus focusing on school attendance.
- 2019 February: How do we help Children with Problematic school absenteeism? Experiences from the Back2School-project (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- 2019 January: Publication describing the Back2School protocol. The Back2School modular cognitive behavioral intervention for youths with problematic school absenteeism: study protocol for a randomized controlled trial (email@example.com)
- 2018 November: The Danish Ministry of Education announced a revision of the "absence proclamation"in the primary schools in Denmark.
- 2018 November: The Danish Ministry of Education published a national report of student absence in the country’s public schools in 2017/2018.
- 2018 October: The Danish Ministry of Education announced a proclamation for reducing school absence in Danish high schools.
- 2018 October: Two conferences on school absenteeism: Elevfravær – strategier og indsatser. Dafolo.
- 2018 May: School attendance conference.The municipality of Odense held a conference with a focus on cross-sectional collaboration to enhance stable school attendance. See this link for the program.
- 2017 August: Start of the Back2School project, a new psychological intervention targeting school attendance problems (SAP) in Aarhus Municipality. Back2School was developed and is being tested by the Center for the Psychological Treatment of Children and Adolescents (CEBU). The effect of Back2School is being measured against treatment as usual in Aarhus Municipality.
- 2017 June: Back2School Pilot. A feasibility study of a psychological intervention called Back2School was conducted, and 22 families completed the intervention. The intervention significantly increased attendance, and reduced emotional problems.
- 2017 May: Metodecenteret published a Danish literature review of problematic school absenteeism, risk factors, and interventions.
- 2016-2018: Come Back app. Bornholm municipality implemented an app, Come Back, in their schools. The goal was to reduce school absence among adolescents.
Helpful links and other resources
- The Danish Ministry of Education (UVM) regularly update their webpage with news related to schools and education. Resources and statistics from public schools in all municipalities in Denmark are also available.
- Metodecenteret: Danish literature review of problematic school absenteeism, risk factors, and interventions.
- Danish translated questionnaires used to assess issues related to school attendance problems are available via CEBU (Center for the Psychological Treatment of Children and Adolescents)
- Book: Skolens fraværende børn: Årsager og indsatser [Children absent from school: Causes and actions] Andersen, M. J., Berthelsen, L., Fisker, T. B., Hansen, M. F., Hansen, H. R., Havik, T., …. & Thastum, M. (2019). Frederikshavn: Dafolo.