Our Reference: 606-12 FOI 77493 August 2012
Freedom of Information Request
You ask for the following information from the Ministry of Justice (MoJ):
1) How many criminal prosecutions have been taken against parents in
Wales for failing to ensure their child's regular attendance at school,
each year, for the last five years?
2) How many of these criminal prosecutions resulted in convictions, each
year, for the last five years?
3) What sentences were imposed in relation to these convictions, each
year, over the last five years?
(If a court-by-court breakdown of this information is available, that would be
very helpful to have too, thanks.)
Your request has been handled under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOIA).
I can confirm that the department holds information that you have asked for, and I am
pleased to provide this to you.
The number of defendants proceeded against and found guilty at magistrates’ courts,
by sentence breakdown and local justice area, for truancy offences in Wales, from
2007 to 2011, can be viewed in the attached table. Data are reported centrally by
local justice area, which may include more than one magistrates’ court
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