ITV reports that children playing truant from school will be targeted by special patrols involving Education Welfare Service officers, supported by police during a day of action across Nottingham today.
Parents of any child found to be out of school without a valid reason could be issued with a £60 fixed penalty notice.
Whilst recent figures show persistence absence has fallen in the area, in the last academic year up to July 2017 there were 315 penalty issued to parents in Nottingham for unauthorised absence and 196 parents were prosecuted.
Fines of £60 per parent, per child are issued through the courts for unauthorised absence. If this is not paid in 21 days, the fine doubles to £120 per parent, per child. If the fine is still unpaid, courts can impose tougher fines (with court costs) of up to £1,000 – and even have the power to issue prison sentences
Should this be nationwide? Please tell us your thoughts in comments or via Twitter ~ Tamsin
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