Prison awaits for parents of truants

Bridgwater Mercury: Cllr Frances Nicholson Cllr Frances Nicholson

ADULTS responsible for truant schoolchildren are being warned they could go to prison.

The message comes after figures show that above average numbers of Somerset children skive school.

Parents of AWOL pupils have already been facing the consequences of their youngsters bunking off, with fines, warnings and pending court cases – but, in the worst instances, they could be jailed for up to three months.

In a week of sweeps in April by education attendance officers, supported by police, 118 children were stopped in the street or found at home.

Since then, school attendance has improved for the majority but legal action has been taken against 14 parents, including five in the Sedge-moor and Mendip areas.

The parents of another 12 children in Sedgemoor and Mendip have received written warnings or penalty notices.

Somerset County Council cabinet member Cllr Frances Nicholson said: “I’m glad the follow-up work from the attendance sweeps has been to such good effect with improved attendance by the vast majority of pupils identified earlier this year as being truant.

“It’s regrettable that, in some cases, further action has become necessary, but I entirely support officers in their efforts to get all children to school.”

Another countywide sweep will be launched shortly on top of regular monitoring of unauthorised absences by school education attendance officers.

The Somerset rate of persistently truant children is 6.2%, above the England average of 6.1%.

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8:54pm Sat 15 Sep 12

BaldCarl2 says...

Good
Good BaldCarl2

1:52am Sun 16 Sep 12

gemlou95 says...

it's stupid, in primary school students then yeah fair enough parents should be punished. but once they hit 12/13 most children start to rebel, therefore there going to do it whether there parents agree or not. THE CHILDREN THAT ARE SKIVING SHOULD BE PUNISHED NOT THE PARENTS. obviously children cant be fined, but what about community service or chuck them in prison for 3 months instead. i use to skive myself when i was in school and no matter how much my mum got fined, i still kept skiving. THEIR PARENTS CAN NOT BE BLAMED FOR THEIR EVERY ACTION. the government needs to sort thereself out, because i can think of a million ways to sort alot of problems out that will be more effective and that will prevent people from getting punished for things which may not be in their control!!!!
it's stupid, in primary school students then yeah fair enough parents should be punished. but once they hit 12/13 most children start to rebel, therefore there going to do it whether there parents agree or not. THE CHILDREN THAT ARE SKIVING SHOULD BE PUNISHED NOT THE PARENTS. obviously children cant be fined, but what about community service or chuck them in prison for 3 months instead. i use to skive myself when i was in school and no matter how much my mum got fined, i still kept skiving. THEIR PARENTS CAN NOT BE BLAMED FOR THEIR EVERY ACTION. the government needs to sort thereself out, because i can think of a million ways to sort alot of problems out that will be more effective and that will prevent people from getting punished for things which may not be in their control!!!! gemlou95

4:38pm Sun 16 Sep 12

mikeymike says...

So when mum pushed the little cherub through the school gates, is the school not then responsible for them?
So when mum pushed the little cherub through the school gates, is the school not then responsible for them? mikeymike

7:14pm Sun 16 Sep 12

Snoopy11 says...

Honestly I can say that this is the wrong way of doing things, I left school 4 years ago and I constantly skived, my parents always got me in, but I always found a way to go home and get out again, My parents tried the best they could but it was not their fault, the only way they can see whose fault it is, is go on a case by case basis and of course that won't happen, the fault can lie with both parties.
Honestly I can say that this is the wrong way of doing things, I left school 4 years ago and I constantly skived, my parents always got me in, but I always found a way to go home and get out again, My parents tried the best they could but it was not their fault, the only way they can see whose fault it is, is go on a case by case basis and of course that won't happen, the fault can lie with both parties. Snoopy11

2:07am Mon 17 Sep 12

daveman says...

Not just truanters parents, how about putting the a1 mot center staff in prison too for wrecking customers vehicles, nicking catalytic converters etc.
Not just truanters parents, how about putting the a1 mot center staff in prison too for wrecking customers vehicles, nicking catalytic converters etc. daveman

10:28am Mon 17 Sep 12

BaldyLocks says...

gemlou95 wrote:
it's stupid, in primary school students then yeah fair enough parents should be punished. but once they hit 12/13 most children start to rebel, therefore there going to do it whether there parents agree or not. THE CHILDREN THAT ARE SKIVING SHOULD BE PUNISHED NOT THE PARENTS. obviously children cant be fined, but what about community service or chuck them in prison for 3 months instead. i use to skive myself when i was in school and no matter how much my mum got fined, i still kept skiving. THEIR PARENTS CAN NOT BE BLAMED FOR THEIR EVERY ACTION. the government needs to sort thereself out, because i can think of a million ways to sort alot of problems out that will be more effective and that will prevent people from getting punished for things which may not be in their control!!!!
Your illiteracy is evidence of your failure to attend school.
So you can think of a million reasons.....bet you can't.
[quote][p][bold]gemlou95[/bold] wrote: it's stupid, in primary school students then yeah fair enough parents should be punished. but once they hit 12/13 most children start to rebel, therefore there going to do it whether there parents agree or not. THE CHILDREN THAT ARE SKIVING SHOULD BE PUNISHED NOT THE PARENTS. obviously children cant be fined, but what about community service or chuck them in prison for 3 months instead. i use to skive myself when i was in school and no matter how much my mum got fined, i still kept skiving. THEIR PARENTS CAN NOT BE BLAMED FOR THEIR EVERY ACTION. the government needs to sort thereself out, because i can think of a million ways to sort alot of problems out that will be more effective and that will prevent people from getting punished for things which may not be in their control!!!![/p][/quote]Your illiteracy is evidence of your failure to attend school. So you can think of a million reasons.....bet you can't. BaldyLocks

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