What is your duty?
You are legally responsible for;
- Ensuring your children receive full time education
- Their regular attendance at school.
As a parent you are committing an offence if you fail to make sure that your child attends school regularly, even if they are missing without your knowledge. You run the risk of being issued with a penalty notice or being taken to Court.
The Local Authority may decide to prosecute a parent. If this happens:
- Parents can be fined up to £2,500 or imprisoned for failing to ensure that their child attends school regularly.
- Magistrates can also impose a Parenting Order, which means that the parent has to attend a counselling and guidance programme, usually a parenting class.
- A penalty notice may be issued by the Local Authority. This is £60 if paid within 21 days or £120 if paid within 28 days. Failure to pay will normally lead to prosecution.