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Stop prosecuting parents whose children fail to attend school

1 Comment 2nd July 2010

There is no evidence that prosecuting parents for their children's absence from school either prevents absences or leads to improved outcomes for parents (Sheppard, A. 2010, 'Raising School Attendance' The Psychologist, Vol 23 no 6 p482-484).

Why does this matter?

The families who find themselves in this position are often those who struggle most, are least able to find solutions to their problems and who are most socially excluded. Taking them to court achieves nothing for them, or for society, and exacerbates their existing problems. The money saved by aboloshing this could be put into researching how better we could engage children at school or educate them in a different way.

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One Response to Stop prosecuting parents whose children fail to attend school

  1. Estelle King says:

    When parents are well-educated, value the education of their children, and do absolutely everything to get their child to attend school properly, then they should NOT get prosecuted, or threatened in any way. Living with this situation is already hell on earth, so no punishment is needed. Instead, some constructive help would be sensible, ie. grants to help send the child to a weekly boarding school

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