People, groups, and organizations
- 'Turning Point – Department for School Refusal Behavior’ (Vendpunktet – Enhed for Skolevægring), at Denmark’s largest school for special education, Behandlingsskolerne
- The Danish Ministry of Education (Undervsinings Ministeriet)
- Center for the Psychological Treatment of Children and Adolescents (CEBU), a research center conducting research regarding psychological treatment for children and adolescents
Current and upcoming activities and achievements
- 2017 – 2019: Back2School, 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. Read more and about the project here: http://psy.au.dk/b2s
Earlier activities and achievements
- November 2018: The Danish Ministry of Education published a national report of student absence in the country’s public schools in 2017/2018. Read the report summary and the full report here: https://uvm.dk/statistik/grundskolen/elever/elevfravaer
- May 2018: School attendance conference. The municipality of Odense held a conference with a focus on cross-sectional collaboration to enhance stable school attendance. See the program here: http://psy.au.dk/fileadmin/CEBU/Diverse/Na__r_samarbejde_giver_stabil_skolegang_-_folder_med_program.pdf
- Spring 2017: 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: 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. Read more about the project here: https://www.uvm.dk/aktuelt/nyheder/uvm/bfau/171208-come-back-en-indsats-mod-skolefravaer
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.
- 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)
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