Education Welfare Service involvement – to include Fixed Penalty Notices, School action meetings

Should the Educational Welfare Service choose to hold a School Action Meeting, Parents/Care’s will be invited to attend a meeting at the school to discuss their Child’s attendance and why the plan or strategies have not been successful.  At this point the Educational Welfare officer may choose to put in place their own plan and/or monitor for 18 weeks. 

Should further absences accrue or no progress is made at any time during the monitoring period, the Educational Welfare Officer may decide to issue a Fixed Penalty Notice of £60 as an alternative to prosecution. This rises to £120 if unpaid after 21 days.  Failure to pay will lead to prosecution.  Parents/Carer’s can be fined up to £2500 and/or imprisoned for failing to ensure that their child attends school regularly. 

The Educational Welfare Service could Instigate Legal Proceedings or apply for a Educational Supervision Order to be placed on the Child and parent/carer as an alternative to a Fixed Penalty Notice.

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