Two face courts over truancy

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TWO parents have been prosecuted by Doncaster Council in separate cases over failure to get their children to school regularly.

One parent received a fine of £900, and the other received an unpaid work order of 120 hours. The council was also awarded costs. For legal reasons, the council is not naming the parents or the schools involved in the cases.

Education bosses at the borough say the cases were a last resort, and followed lots of work by the council to try to work with the children and their parents to improve their school attendance record.

If families won’t work with the council, the first formal action taken is a warning letter. The child then has to attend all lessons for the next 15 days. If they still fail to attend lessons, the next step is to issue a fixed penalty notice.

Fixed penalty notices are fines which carry a £50 penalty per parent, per child. A council spokesman said: “Where all other alternatives have failed, the council has no choice but to prosecute parents.”