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Solihull woman faces jail over truant son

A WOMAN is facing a two-month jail sentence after allowing her son to play truant.

A WOMAN is facing a two-month jail sentence after allowing her son to play truant.

The mother, who has not been named, was given a suspended sentence after appearing at Solihull Magistrates on Tuesday.

She pleaded guilty to failing to send her 13-year-old son to school and had the jail term suspended for 12 months.

Solihull Council brought the prosecution after the boy was absent from 90 per cent of lessons over a four-month period.

Magistrates heard how between October 29 last year and February 20 this year, the pupil attended just 13 sessions out of a possible 132, with none of the 119 absences being authorised.

The boy’s mother was also ordered to pay court costs of £200.

Since January this year, Solihull Council has brought 38 prosecutions against parents for failing to send their children to school. Of those, four have been custodial, with just one resulting in actual imprisonment.

Steve Martin, the council’s chief education welfare officer, said: “Prosecution is always a last resort and before we have reached this stage we have done everything possible to work with the parents to ensure the child attends school.

“It is so important that children are given the opportunity to receive an education and I hope this sends a message out to parents that we will hold them responsible for their child’s attendance at school.”

 

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