Action plan for dealing with separation anxiety

Use this tool to action plan support for separation anxiety throughout the first term back at school and beyond.

Separation Anxiety Action Plan

The coronavirus lockdown has meant that children have spent a significantly increased amount of time with their families, and a return to school may mean an increase in anxiety for some pupils.

Some children may be more nervous about being separated from their parents or carers than they normally would. Parents and carers may also feel anxious about being away from their children.

This resource includes an example action plan with some ideas to reduce separation anxiety, and then a blank plan for you to fill in. You could to work through this as a whole staff group or individually, to help you think through how best to support your pupils.

Using this resource

This resource is designed for:

  • use by school staff
  • use in large groups, for example during whole school or year group planning, or used individually as a more focused plan

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