Parently Condoned Absences
Parentally Condoned Absences
Millbrook Primary School recognises that parentally condoned absence is, in many ways, more difficult to identify than any other form of pupil absence. This form of absence is equally as damaging to the pupil’s educational experience as any other form of absence. The parents, in many cases, perceive that they are keeping their child away from school for legitimate reasons; they may feel that they are protecting their children. It is essential that, when school staff feel that a worrying pattern of non-attendance is emerging, they work closely with the educational, social and health support services to ensure that the most appropriate and effective intervention is available to the pupil and parents.
Parents of children from different cultures may feel that the school is not a safe, or proper, environment for their child. It is vital that we investigate and endeavour to recognise cultural issues, which may prevent a pupil from attending school. There is a range of specialist support services, which will assist and advise schools and parents on ways forward when these difficulties arise.
5.4 Factors which may contribute to ‘Condoned Absences’
- The parent may not value education, they may have had a negative experience of school themselves and condone their own child’s poor attendance at school because of this belief.
- Separation anxiety: The parent and/or child may experience anxiety when separated from each other.
- The parent may be a victim of domestic abuse.
- The child may be illegally contributing to the family income by working either within the home or outside.
- The child may be a victim of child exploitation and involved in gang culture.
- The child may be the only significant carer within the family.
- The parent or child may be experiencing physical or mental health issues.
- There may be social issues which parents may feel are of more importance than educational issues.
- Financial restraints, the parent may be unwilling or unable to provide lunch or appropriate clothing (uniform, shoes and coats).