Statutory guidance

School behaviour and attendance: parental responsibility measures

Statutory guidance for schools, local authorities and the police on dealing with poor attendance and behaviour in school.



This statutory guidance is for:

  • headteachers
  • school staff
  • governing bodies
  • local authorities
  • the police (for penalty notices)

It applies to:

  • local-authority-maintained schools
  • academies and free schools
  • pupil referral units (these provide education for children who cannot go to a mainstream school)

The guidance provides information on dealing with poor attendance and behaviour in school using:

  • parenting contracts
  • parenting orders
  • penalty notices

These are measures to deal with anti-social behaviour by children and young people.

Statutory guidance is issued by law. You must follow it unless there’s a good reason not to.

Published 13 November 2013
Last updated 5 January 2017 + show all updates
  1. Reviewed guidance and confirmed it’s up to date. Updated review date.

  2. First published.