Local authorities are taking a harsher stance in relation to pupils’ non attendance at school and parents may be faced with the threat of criminal proceedings if their child is not in regular attendance at school.
The Education Act provides for three main offences:
- Non attendance of a child of compulsory school age who is registered at school.
If a parent is found guilty then he may receive a fine of up to £1,000.
- Non attendance of a child of compulsory school age who is registered at school and the parent knows of the non attendance and does not take steps to get the child to attend.
If a parent is found guilty then he may receive a fine of up to £2,500 or 3 months imprisonment.
- Failure to comply with a School Attendance Order.
A local authority may have already served a parent with a School Attendance Order which requires a parent to demonstrate that their child will receive a suitable education. If the parent fails to do this within a reasonable time then he may be prosecuted.
If found guilty then the parent may receive a fine of up to £1,000.
There are defences available and our expert lawyers can advise about the applicability of these to your case.
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