If your child is absent from school without a good reason, Local Authorities can bring a prosecution. At Tees, our specialist education solicitors can help prepare, represent and support you.
Children of compulsory school age should receive full time education. Local Authorities in England have a statutory duty to determine whether education is being provided, and to a sufficient standard.
Whilst the Local Authorities should make reasonable efforts with schools and parents to ensure that children are receiving the necessary level of education through the use of parenting contracts, penalty notices and school attendance orders. If a parent fails to get their child to regularly attend school the Local Authorities can bring a prosecution.
Only Local Authorities have the power to bring a prosecution against parents who;
We can advise, prepare, and represent you in any prosecution brought by a Local Authority.
You’ll find our team of education lawyers friendly and easy to talk to and we understand the ins-and-outs of education law.
Our education law team is based in:
Essex: Brentwood, Chelmsford, and Saffron Walden
Hertfordshire: Bishop's Stortford and Royston
But we can help you wherever you are in England and Wales.
Yes, local authorities can bring prosecutions against parents for offences found in sections 443 and 444 of the Education Act 1996. That being failure to comply with a school attendance order or failure to secure regular attendance at school of a registered pupil.
Section 444 of the Education Act 1996 makes it an offence if a child is absent from school without authorisation.
Failure to ensure a child’s regular attendance at the school at which he/she is a registered pupil is a criminal offence under the Education Act 1996.
If the local authority thinks a parent needs support getting a child to go to school but the parent is not co-operating, the local authority can apply to a court for an Education Supervision Order. A supervisor will be appointed to help you get your child into education.
A parent can be served with a School Attendance Order if the local authority thinks a child is not receiving an education. Upon receipt, a parent will have 15 days to provide evidence that they have registered a child with a school listed in the order or that the parent is giving them home education. If a parent does not, the local authority could be prosecuted or given a fine.