As a parent, you are legally responsible for making sure your child attends school regularly unless you’re home-educating. Missing school causes severe disruption to a child’s education, and affects their performance in exams and chances later in life. The law is clear if it is decided that you allowed your child to miss school (or ‘truant’) regularly. Truancy is best tackled together by parents and school staff. If you suspect your child has not gone to school, contact the school straight away and ask for help.
If you have a concern about your child's attendance at school and are worried about how this is impacting on their educational achievement please talk to their school. The Head Teacher or another member of staff will welcome you call, listen to your concerns and suggest are supportive way forward. This may include a meeting in school or a referral to another supportive service i.e. the school health nurse or Family Intervention Support Service (FISSS).
If you are unhappy with the response you receive from your child's school please talk to the Head Teacher or the School Governors.If you have concerns about the welfare of a child or young person please contact First Point.