What happens if my child doesn't go to school?
Parents often tell us they are worried about fines and prosecution, but schools generally consider this only if they feel there is no valid reason for the absence or that parents aren’t engaging with the problem.
If the absence is prolonged, the case may be referred to a local council Education Welfare Officer (EWO). They will arrange a home visit to find out more and discuss strategies. The school may also refer to other support, including from CAMHS.
Children who can’t attend mainstream school are entitled to alternative provision of education in a different setting. This could be a separate unit within or outside the school, an independent provider, home tuition or online tuition. Each local authority website should link to a Parent Partnership, setting out local alternative provision options and information.