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Granddaughter's Absence From School due to anxiety attacks.
My 11 year old granddaughter has been having very severe anxiety attacks and kicks and screaming being taken to school. As a result she has been absent from school for the past few weeks. Her mum (my daughter) and her partner have taken my granddaughter to the GP surgery to discuss the problems and they are also waiting for a mental health referral, but due to the high demand in this area, it is taking a long time to be arranged. Now the school want my daughter and her partner to go before a panel to discuss the absences. The GP surgery has refused to give a letter of support as most of the visits were to see a locum doctor rather than the designated GP. The only other supporting evidence they have is the letter informing them of the mental health referral. They are obviously extremely worried that the school will take punitive action against them and they have never faced anything like this before. What should they do? Any practical information I could pass on to them would be very useful!