Parenting Orders for poor attendance at school

Parenting Orders are made by Magistrates under the Crime and Disorder Act 1998 (as amended), following the conviction of parents/carers for failing to send their child(ren) to school regularly.

The Order is designed to give support and guidance and aims to help prevent children and young people from offending and/or antisocial behaviour and/or help you get them to attend school every day, and/or address issues of behaviour at school after they have been excluded.

Any parent/carer that a young child lives with can be given an Order.  A parent/carer who is not living with the child but has regular contact may also be issued with a Parenting Order.  Before Magistrates decide to issue a Parenting Order they will consider information contained in a Parenting Assessment.  This assessment will usually be undertaken by a member of the Family Intervention Project who will write a report that will be shared with the parent/carer, the Legal Intervention Officer and the Magistrates.  If the Magistrates feel that you may benefit from a Parenting Order they can impose one upon you.

The Parenting Order is not a voluntary Order and will require you to attend Parenting Classes for a period of usually 12 weeks.  The Parenting Order may be given for a period of up to 12 months and could require you to have regular contact with a Supervising Officer during the length of the Order.

If a parent/carer fails to comply with a Parenting Order, they will be given a written warning. Further failure to comply could result in them being taken back to Court.  If convicted of failing to comply with a Parenting Order the parent/carer could be liable for a fine of up to £1000.

Useful Links

Children and Families Direct
Department for Education – Statutory Guidance (Behaviour and Attendance)
The Education Act 1996 
Elective Home Education
Family Information Service 
Nottingham Children’s Partnership
Nottingham City Safeguarding Children’s Board (NCSCB)
Priority Families
Schools Admissions
SEND local offer



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