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Truancy

Volume 502: debated on Tuesday 8 December 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many parents appeared in court in relation to their children's truancy in (a) England and (b) North East Cambridgeshire in each of the last 10 years. (303716)

Information showing the number of persons proceeded against in relation to their children's truancy in England and Cambridgeshire police force area from 1998 to 2007 (latest available) can be found in the following table.

Data are not available at constituency level; police force area data have been provided in lieu. Data for 2008 are planned for publication on 28 January 2010.

Number of persons proceeded against at magistrates' courts for offences relating to truancy1 in Cambridgeshire police force area and England, 1998 to 20072,3

Proceeded against

1998

1999

2000

2001

2002

2003

2004

2005

2006

2007

Cambridgeshire

28

32

5

15

16

17

40

64

49

44

England

4,931

4,860

5,125

6,023

6,510

6,724

7,545

7,299

8,723

10,171

1 Includes the following;

(i) Failure to secure regular attendance at school. (Education Act 1996 S.444 (1X8)).

(ii) Parent knows that their child is failing to attend school regularly and fails without reasonable justification to cause him or her to attend school. (Education Act 1996 S.444(8X1aX8a) added by Criminal Justice and Court Services Act 2000 S.72).

(iii) Offences against the Education Acts 1944-2002. (This classification to be used when a person is prosecuted for an offence under ‘The Education Acts’)

(Not to be used where there is a specific code for an offence under one of the Education Acts or for offences under (i) or (ii)).

2 The statistics relate to persons for whom these offences were the principal offences for which they were dealt with. When a defendant has been found guilty of two or more offences the principal offence is the offence for which the heaviest penalty is imposed. Where the same disposal is imposed for two or more offences, the offence selected is the offence for which the statutory maximum penalty is the most severe.

3 Every effort is made to ensure that the figures presented are accurate and complete. However, it is important to note that these data have been extracted from large administrative data systems generated by the courts and police forces. As a consequence, care should be taken to ensure data collection processes and their inevitable limitations are taken into account when those data are used.

Source:

Justice Statistics Analytical Services - Ministry of Justice.