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Schools: Truancy

Volume 709: debated on Wednesday 25 March 2009

Question

Asked by

To ask Her Majesty's Government how many families in the City of Manchester were (a) imprisoned or (b) fined for their children's non-attendance at school in each of the past three years. [HL2269]

The Ministry of Justice collects data for England and Wales on prosecutions brought against parents under the Education Act 1996 for the offence under Section 444(1) of failing to secure their child's regular attendance at school; and for prosecutions under Section 444(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 or immediate custodial sentences in the Greater Manchester area is detailed in the table below. 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 ensuring their child's regular attendance at school. The figures for the last three school academic years are detailed in the table below. Data are collected only at local authority level.

Adults sentenced for child truanting offences (1) in the Greater Manchester Police Force Area, 2005-07

Fined

Immediate Custody

2005

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

176

58

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

0

1

2006

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

492

0

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

51

4

2007

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

481

1

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

105

0

(1) These data are extracted on the principal offence basis. 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: OMS Analytical Services, Ministry of Justice.

Ref: Sent(OMSAS)088-09 (18/03/2009).

School Academic Year—Penalty Notices

England

Manchester LA

1 August 2005 to 1 September 2006

12,150

118

2 September 2006 to 31 August 2007

14,625

195

September 2007 to 31 August 2008

18,291

278

Department for Children, Schools and Families data 2009.