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7:01am 29th March 2014
Fined: the north Cornwall mum who failed to make sure her child went to school regularly.
Bodmin magistrates hear the Bude pupil missed almost 90 sessions out of almost 190.
A woman has been ordered to pay more than £200.
Officials insist prosecution is a last resort.
John Heath, the Council's Principal Education Welfare Officer, hopes that this sentence will send a clear message to other parents and carers who are failing to fulfil their legal duty to ensure that their children attend school regularly: "Education Welfare Officers in Cornwall work closely with schools, parents and pupils to try to sort out attendance issues" he said.
"This may involve arranging home and school visits to discuss the situation. They will try to find out the reasons why the child is not attending school and take steps to try and get the child back into school. This includes offering support or signposting to other agencies.
"Prosecution is a last resort when everything else has failed. Where parents are finally taken to court for school attendance offences they do run the risk of being fined or sent to prison."
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