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If the school has tried to deal with the problem, but your child persists in truanting:
  • you may be served with a Parenting Order, a court order that says you have to attend a parenting programme and comply with orders about your child's attendance or behaviour. Don't be put off by this. It may sound scary, but this will really help you to deal with your child's behaviour. The courts may also impose an Education Supervision Order where your Local Education Authoiry(LEA) can tell you what to do to make sure your child is properly educated.
  • you may be fined
  • in extreme cases you may receive a jail sentence if the authorities don't feel you are co-operating, or haven't done enough to try to get your child to school.

Need more help?

You'll find your Local Education Authority (LEA) details in your phone book.

Ace, the Advisory Centre for Education can offer guidance and advice.
Advice line (Mon-Fri 10am-5pm): 0808 800 5793; Exclusion advice line (Mon-Fri 10am-5pm): 0808 800 0327

Parentline gives advice to parents or can put you in touch with other parents. Ring on 0808 800 2222

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John

Sorry don't have the perfect answer - but just to let you know you're not alone. SPEAK TO THE SCHOOL - KEEP THEM FULLY INFORMED they WILL help. Up until recently I would have totally disageed with you and said it's down to bad parenting and yes it is the responsibility of the parent. HOWEVER, little did i know what was around the corner, I and my wife have 2 boys 13ys and 9ys - the 13yr old is now totally out of control (extreme anger when he doesn't get what he demands - walks out of the house when you try and talk - stays out beyond given times - turns mobile off so you can't contact him - NO RESPECT - constant confrontation - not bothered about consequences etc. etc. ) and has on several occasions refused to go to school. So far the school have been helpful - but like you I am seriously concerned by the consequences - I have been advised by the local authority I/we can only use force so long as there are no marks on him to get him to school - (he is nearly 6' and strong and knows his rights), so at present i do feel i'm in a no win situation ie. I can't physically force him to go to school without possible injury which puts me on the wrong side of the law - and - if he doesn't go to school i'm on the wrong side of the law. I recently had a mental breakdown - still not fully recovered - partly caused by this issue. The school can only provide so much help - but that is your first port of call - keep them fully informed. The law needs to be changed to help normal families like ours who find themselves in this situation. You will get through it - (so everyone keeps teeling me).

MARIA

IM A PARENT WHO HAS PROBLES WITH TO OF MY BOYS WHO WONT GO TO SCHOOL IV DONE THE BEST TO GET THEM TO SCHOOL IV SAT AND SPOKEN TO MY BOYS IV SPOKEN TO THE SCHOOL ABOUT IT IM REALY WORRIED WHAT WILL HAPPEN TO ME AS THERE MUM I DONT WANT TO BE FINED AND GO TO COURT NOR GO PRISON EVERY DAY I STRUGGLE TO GET THEM TO SCHOOL AND EVERY DAY THEY DONT GO ANY HELP OR ADVICE OR ANY THING THAT WOULD HELP ME TO GET THEM TO SCHOOL WOULD BE VERY GRATEFULL SO IF U CAN HELP PLEASE EMAIL ME AS ALL THE HELP WILL BE VERY GRATFULL AS I DONT WANT TO BE FINED NOR GO COUR NOR GO PRISON FOR SOMETHING IV NOT DONE WRONG AND INSTEAD OF PUNISHING THE PARENTS IT SHOULD BE THE CHILD TO BE PUNISHED IT ISNT FAIR FOR ANY PARENT SO PLEASE HELP ME WITH SOME ADVICE TO GETTING ME BOYS BACK TO SCHOOL THANK U I WAIT FOR U TO REPLIE TO ME BY EMAIL

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