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Ep14: Should missing school be a crime?

We hear about parents who are prosecuted when their children are absent from school
Alexandra Kimmons
05 Jan 2023

Should parents be prosecuted when their children miss school? Stories of term-time holidays dominate the news on this subject, but in this episode Rob and Penelope hear from Ellie Costello, Director of Square Peg, and Polly Sweeney of Rook Irwin Sweeney about the reality of persistent absenteeism: chronic illness, waitlists, and impossible attendance expectations.

We discuss whether prosecution is the answer when children are frequently absent from school and how law-abiding families can suddenly find themselves facing prosecution while trying to navigate life-changing circumstances such as bereavement and cancer diagnoses.

Ellie Costello @teamsquarepeg
Learn more about Ellie’s work here.

Polly Sweeney @polly_sweeney
See Polly’s bio here.

Further resources
Listen to our dedicated episode on the single justice procedure here.

The Transform Justice podcast is hosted by Penelope Gibbs and Rob Allen and produced and edited by Alexandra Kimmons. With thanks to Burges Salmon LLP for use of their space.