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Tuesday, 30 September 2014

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Curfew for Carlisle mum after child misses weeks of school

A mother has been put under house arrest at night after her child skipped school.

The mum, from Carlisle, has also been given a parenting order after her daughter missed most of a two-month period at Trinity School last year.

Jonathan Farnworth, prosecuting, told Carlisle magistrates how the girl, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, had not attended school for most of a two-month period last year. Out of 72 school sessions, which each last for half of the school day, she attended just 27.

Mr Farnworth said several meetings had been organised at Trinity to discuss the issue but the mum had not attended.

He also told the court that she had been offered help from Cumbria County Council with getting her daughter to school, but this had not been taken up.

He said the girl was “a bright child” and when she is in school she “catches up remarkably quickly, given the amount of time she has missed”.

Gail Heard, defending, said the mother had kept her daughter off school because of concerns over her health.

“She describes herself as being in a very difficult situation, with a child who is telling her she is not well enough to go to school,” she said.

She also said the mother would now deal with the situation by taking her daughter to school, where staff could make a decision as to whether she would be well enough to attend.

However, she added that the mother believed her daughter may have an “underlying and undiagnosed” health condition.

The mother admitted being the parent of a child of compulsory school age registered at school who failed to attend regularly. She was given a three-month curfew from 7pm to 7am each night and was also given a six-month parenting order.

She was ordered to pay costs of £100 and a £60 victim surcharge.

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