In accordance with Section 23 of the Anti-Social Behaviour Act, Local Authorities and Police have the power to issue Penalty Notices to parents who fail to ensure their child or children's regular attendance at school.
At present, Fixed Penalty Notices are issued by the Local Authority, following periods of unauthorised absence of 3 or more days. The following criteria must be met in order for a penalty notice to be issued:-
There are occasions in which requests for leave of absence have not been made but there is a suspicion that a pupil is absent due to an unauthorised holiday. In these instances, educational provisions would be expected to investigate the matter by attempting to contact the parent to enquire why the pupil is absent. Correspondence should also be issued to the parent, requesting evidence that would enable the school to authorise the absence and notifying the parent that failure to produce evidence will result in a FPN being issued.
The full penalty of £120 per parent per child is imposed but is reduced to £60 if paid within 21 days of receipt of the notice. Failure to meet the payment within 28 days could result in the matter being referred to the Magistrates court in accordance with Section 444 of the Education Act 1996.
To apply for an FPN please complete an FPN Referral Form.
Send the completed FPN request form to BACMEfirstname.lastname@example.org