Sometimes your child will choose not to go to school during term
time, or will leave school during the day without the school's
permission. This is called truancy.
There can be lots of reasons why a child stops
attending school or refuses to go. They may be being bullied, or having trouble making friends, or
they may find the school work difficult. Whatever the reason, it is
very important for you to find the best way to improve their school
If your child is truanting
If you think your child might be truanting from school, contact
their class teacher, head of year or the headteacher as soon as
possible. They can work with you and your child to find out why
they are not attending. Sometimes, if the school think it is
necessary, and you are still having trouble getting your child to
attend school, they will contact an Education Welfare Officer for more help.
Children who are caught truanting
In Kent we work closely with the police to check up on levels of
truancy. Kent Police officers often go out on 'truancy sweeps'
where they have the right to stop and challenge school age children
who are not in school during school hours. Many truants are
accompanied by their parents on a shopping trip or day out.
Children who are not accompanied may be taken home or back to their
school by the police.
Truancy and the law
You can be fined or prosecuted if you do not make sure your
child attends school regularly. If it is proved that you were
aware of your child's truancy and didn't do anything about it, the
fine will be larger and you may even go to prison.