04 Jan

Failure to secure childs regular attendance at school

We can assist you if you have been summonsed to attend as a parent of a child who has failed to attend school.

We are often approached by parents who are honest law abiding citizens yet have been unable to secure their child’s attendance at school who find themselves being summonsed to attend court.

If your child is of compulsory school age who is registered at a school but fails to attend regularly at the school, you as the parent are guilty of a criminal offence. 

This can often come as a shock to parents; especially if they feel that they have done all that they can to try to secure their child’s attendance.

Should you find yourself in this predicament contact us.  We can assist by attending court to represent you.  We can review the evidence which the local authority have against you and advise you whether to plead Guilty or Not Guilty.  We have previously heard parents enter a court room to admit an offence not realising that leaves them with a criminal conviction with high prosecution and court costs and a Financial Penalty which can affect their lives, such as their employment, despite them doing all that they can to secure their child’s attendance. 

Should it be appropriate to plead Guilty to the offence we will mitigate to the court on your behalf so that the Magistrates or Judge can hear your side of the story.  We will fight your corner so that leniency is exercised on you when needed to get you the best possible outcome.   We have on occasions been able to persuade the local authority not to proceed with a prosecution against our clients if they simply don’t have enough evidence that the offence has been committed or it would not be in the public interest to do so.

If we advise you to plead Not Guilty to the offence we will represent you at your trial and cross examine any witnesses that are called to give evidence by the prosecution.  This is particularly important if you are accused with the more serious offence of knowing that you child has not been attending but failing without reasonable justification to do cause them to attend school.

We can assist you in relation to any education act offence which you may face.  Feel free to contact us for a confidential chat about how we may be able help.

Lucinda can be contacted at the office or via email lucinda@ldlegalservices.co.uk


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