Two Mothers Guilty of Children’s Truancy

TWO mothers were sentenced by Grays Magistrates for failing to ensure their children attended school regularly.

They cannot be named for legal reasons.

A mother from Grays with a 15 year old daughter pleaded guilty to failing to ensure her daughter attended school regularly and punctually on Thursday (22 October).

She was sentenced to 80 hours unpaid work and was ordered to pay £200 prosecution costs.

On Thursday (15 October), a second mother of two daughters aged 12 and 15 from Purfleet pleaded guilty to failing to ensure they attended school regularly and punctually.

She received a 12 month Supervision Order, 60 hours Community Order and 30 hours Training and Employment Course and ordered to pay £200 prosecution costs.

Cllr Sue MacPherson, Thurrock Council’s Cabinet member for Children’s Services, said: “It is quite perplexing and sad that parents continue to keep their children away from school, depriving them the opportunity to education they need.”

“The council will not ignore any parentally condoned absences and will continue to use all statutory powers to improve school attendance in the borough.”

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