Wisbech truancy crackdown: 14 more prosecutions brought against parents

FINES and parenting orders were handed out as 14 more prosecutions were brought against parents in a Wisbech truancy crackdown.

Four of the cases heard at King’s Lynn Magistrates’ Court involved parents who had previously been convicted but whose children’s attendance had not improved.

The 14 prosecutions, which were brought by Cambridgeshire County Council, involve pupils aged between eight and 15.

The court imposed fines ranging from �50 to �350 as well as parenting orders.

Some parents were also given conditional discharges, which enable them to be brought back to court if necessary.

Lesley High, Education Welfare Officer, said: “We will continue to prosecute parents who fail to ensure their children attend school.

“The courts play an important role in ensuring parents take their responsibilities regarding school attendance, seriously.

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“Schools work closely with parents to help them do their best but unfortunately in some cases court action like this is necessary in the best interests of our young people.”