Truancy Clampdown Continues

SEVERAL parents appeared before magistrates in Grays in February (4 February) to admit failing to make sure their children attended school regularly.

A Grays mother pleaded guilty, was fined £325 and ordered to pay a £15 victim surcharge and £120 costs, totalling £460.

A mother from South Ockendon also admitted the offence and received a 12 month Parenting Order involving full engagement with classes and counselling.

A Grays mother and father also admitted failing to ensure their three children attended school. The parents were each sentenced to a Community Order with 50 hours of unpaid work. In addition they were both made subject to a 12 month Parenting Order involving full engagement with classes and counselling.

Another mother, from Tilbury, pleaded guilty to breaching the requirements of a Conditional Discharge that she had previously received for failing to ensure her daughter attended school regularly. She was sentenced to a Community Order with 50 hours unpaid work and was ordered to pay £50 costs. The Conditional Discharge continues to run.

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