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06 JUN 2014

Attendance at School - West Sussex County Council [2013] ELR 561

Attendance at School - West Sussex County Council [2013] ELR 561

Queen’s Bench Division

Hallett DBE LJ and Burnett J

30 April 2013

M was in the sole care of her mother, the respondent, from the age of 1, following the respondent’s re-housing after suffering domestic violence at the hands of M’s father. In 2010, after tracing her father via the internet, M went to stay with him and his family. The respondent attempted to find M and utilised a range of agencies including the police and social services, to no avail. From time to time over the next year or so M continued to leave her mother and travel to London to stay with her paternal relations, especially when her mother sought to exert discipline. When M was at home the respondent attempted to cause M to attend school. She would physically escort her there, but M would leave the premises. In July 2011 the respondent was prosecuted for a school attendance offence relating to M and her younger brother, R. She was convicted. Subsequently, the respondent was prosecuted for the failure to ensure M’s regular attendance at school during September to December 2011...

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