Research and analysis
Parental responsibility measures for attendance and behaviour
How local authorities use parental responsibility measures, and their impact on behaviour and attendance in schools.
Investigating the use of parental responsibility measures for school attendance and behaviour: final report
Ref: DFE-RR041 PDF, 1.26MB, 156 pages
Investigating the use of parental responsibility measures for school attendance and behaviour: final report - brief
Ref: DFE-RB041 PDF, 60.3KB, 9 pages
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Research into how local authorities use parental responsibility measures, and what impact they have on improving behaviour and attendance in schools.
There are 4 parental responsibility measures (all introduced following the Anti-social Behaviour Act 2003):
parenting contracts (these are voluntary written agreements between a parent and either a school or local authority)
parenting orders (these impose requirements on parents to attend a parenting course or counselling for 3 months)
penalty notices (an alternative to court action against parents who fail to ensure their child’s regular attendance)
fast track to attendance (a non-statutory intervention that specifies clear actions to improve a child’s attendance)