Magistrates warn a Cornish mum to make sure her children attend school

The mother of two pupils from a school in Redruth has been given a 6 month Community Order, with electronic tagging, after pleading guilty for failing to ensure that her children attended school on a regular basis.

The parent was placed under Curfew from 8pm to 7am, 7 days a week, for a period of six weeks. The Order also directs the parent to undertake a Children and Families Rehabilitation Programme.

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Magistrates at Truro were told that the two children had missed 79 sessions in the last academic year. It was the second time that the woman had appeared in court for unauthorised absences. She was fined £530 in January 2018.

The Chairman warned the mother that she could face a prison sentence if she appeared before the court again.

Education Welfare Officer at Cornwall Council, Rachel Jarman, said:  “We work closely with schools, parents and pupils to ensure that children and young people receive their full educational entitlement.

"This may involve arranging home and school visits to discuss the situation.  Prosecution is a last resort when everything else has failed. Where parents are finally taken to court for school attendance offences they do run the risk of being fined or sent to prison.”

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