Thursday, 17 October 2013

More Parents Prosecuted For Children's Truancy

Five more parents have been prosecuted and fined for failing to ensure their children attend school.

Both parents from the same family admitted being in breach of an earlier 12-month conditional discharge for failing to ensure their child attended Cromwell Community College in Chatteris.

One received an 8-week prison sentence, suspended for 12 months, together with a 12-month supervision order with £75 costs and a £80 victim surcharge. The other received a 15-month supervision order, along with a Women’s Emotional Well-being Specified Activity Requirement (WEWSAR) with £75 costs and a £ £60 victim surcharge.

Two parents of separate children at Neale-Wade Academy in March admitted similar offences. One was given a 12-month conditional discharge £150 costs and a £15 victim surcharge to pay, while the other was fined £200 with £75 costs and £20 victim surcharge.

A fifth defendant – the parent of a child at Westwood Junior School in March – also pleaded guilty to a similar offence and was fined £75 with £50 costs and £20 victim surcharge.

The cases were heard at Peterborough and Huntingdon Magistrates’ courts. None of the parents can be named for legal reasons.

Education Welfare Officer Julie Rutterford said: “Parents need to work together with schools to ensure that their children attend regularly and make the most of the opportunities provided for them. Schools and the local authority are committed to ensuring that all children and young people have the opportunities they need to fulfill their potential. Regular attendance at school is one of the biggest factors in achieving this.”

Schools and locality teams can offer help and support to parents who are having trouble getting their child or children to school.