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Hello..... I'm Kay.


I am the founder of and SRSS.


I am also a parent of two children with special needs and disabilities.  

I'm just your ordinary parent who has worked hard for something I believe in. As you may have read, nearly 10 years ago, School Refusal came knocking at our door and I didn't have a clue what I was dealing with and resources were minimal. I vowed that no parent should have to go through that with no where to turn. Hence how this work came about.


I'm a 'Cricket Mum'. My son began playing when he was 7 Years old and is now nearly 25yrs. He makes me proud. Cricket has given him a focus all throughout the rough and tough times and has helped us all really. I'm the Treasurer for his club, so a very busy person; but I love it.

About Me

Within our home, we have the following conditions which have educated me

  • ADHD
  • Allergies
  • Anxiety
  • Asthma
  • A-Typical Autism
  • Auditory Memory Disorder
  • Dyslexia
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Hypermobility
  • IBS
  • Psychogenic (non-epileptic) Seizures
  • School Phobia / School refusal / Education Avoidance
  • Separation Anxiety
  • Suicidal Ideation / Tendencies
  • Tourette's Syndrome
  • Vestibular Migraines



2:1     Forensic Psychology BSc

          Forensic Psychology MSc

  C     Law (GCSE) 




STOP - Safe Guarding and Suicide Prevention Course

ASIST- Applied Suicide Intervention Skills

Working with Young Victims


Experience & Volunteering:


HM Courts - Magistrates

HM Courts - Crown Court

HM Probation Service

HM Coroners Court - Volunteer Service

HM Coroners Court - Inquest Coordinator




British Psychological Society




ITV Daybreak

The Sun Newspaper

BBC North - Radio


Publications & Self Publications:


Mawson, K.S. (2010). School Phobia & Separation Anxiety: A Parents Experience. Anxious Times 76 (4) 6.

Mawson, K.S. (2018) Answering the Question - What is School Refusal

Mawson, K.S. (2017) A Parents, Guardians & Carers Guide to School Refusal

I feel that my background, work and experience has assisted me in gaining a further insight into mental health and disabilities. Whilst I don't class myself as qualified to comment in a professional capacity, I do consider myself to have knowledge to pass advice and give direction to those needing support.

I always advise individuals to seek their own answers through research and reading or to further consult a professional. 

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