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Truancy: Fines

Volume 491: debated on Wednesday 22 April 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many parents have been fined as a result of their children not attending school in (a) Southampton, (b) Test Valley borough and (c) the ceremonial county of Hampshire for each of the last five years. (269790)

The Ministry of Justice collects data for England and Wales on prosecutions brought against parents under the Education Act 1996 for the offence under s444(1) of failing to secure their child's regular attendance at school; and for prosecutions under s444(1A), the aggravated offence of knowing that their child is failing to attend school regularly. It is possible, because of the way courts record data that some data are collected under the more general heading of various offences under the Education Act 1996.

The information on the number of parents sentenced and given fines as sentence in the Hampshire area, which includes Southampton, is detailed in the following table. The Ministry of Justice only collects information on prosecutions based on police force regions.

The Department also collects and publishes data on penalty notices (fines) issued by local authorities in England to parents for not securing their child's regular attendance at school. The figures for Hampshire and Southampton local authorities for the last four school academic years since the data collection began are detailed in the following table.

Data are only collected on local authority basis.

Adults sentenced for child truanting offences1 in the Hampshire police force area, 2003-07

Fined

2003

Parent failing to secure their child's regular attendance at school

35

Parent knowing that their child is failing to attend school regularly failing without reasonable justification to cause him or her to attend school

0

2004

Parent failing to secure their child's regular attendance at school

47

Parent knowing that their child is failing to attend school regularly failing without reasonable justification to cause him or her to attend school

1

2005

Parent failing to secure their child's regular attendance at school

17

Parent knowing that their child is failing to attend school regularly failing without reasonable justification to cause him or her to attend school

0

2006

Parent failing to secure their child's regular attendance at school

17

Parent knowing that their child is failing to attend school regularly failing without reasonable justification to cause him or her to attend school

0

2007

Parent failing to secure their child's regular attendance at school

5

Parent knowing that their child is failing to attend school regularly failing without reasonable justification to cause him or her to attend school

1

1 These data are extracted on the principal offence basis where offender is found guilty and convicted.

Note:

These figures have been drawn from administrative data systems.

Although care is taken when processing and analysing the returns the detail collected is subject to the inaccuracies inherent in any large scale recording system.

Source:

QMS Analytical Services, Ministry of Justice

Ref: Sent(OMSAS)107-09 (07/04/2009)

School academic year—Penalty notices for non attendance

England

Hampshire LA

Southampton LA

1 September 2004 to 31 July 2005

3,843

32

0

1 August 2005 to 1 September 2006

12,150

99

16

2 September 2006 to 31 August 2007

14,625

83

256

1 September 2007 to 31 August 2008

18,291

82

215