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Children Act 1989

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8(1)Section 40 of the Education Act 1944 (enforcement of school attendance) shall be amended as follows.

(2)For subsection (2) there shall be substituted—

(2)Proceedings for such offences shall not be instituted except by a local education authority.

(2A)Before instituting such proceedings the local education authority shall consider whether it would be appropriate, instead of or as well as instituting the proceedings, to apply for an education supervision order with respect to the child.

(3)For subsections (3) and (4) there shall be substituted—

(3)The court—

(a)by which a person is convicted of an offence against section 37 of this Act; or

(b)before which a person is charged with an offence under section 39 of this Act,

may direct the local education authority instituting the proceedings to apply for an education supervision order with respect to the child unless the authority, having consulted the appropriate local authority, decide that the child’s welfare will be satisfactorily safeguarded even though no education supervision order is made.

(3A)Where, following such a direction, a local education authority decide not to apply for an education supervision order they shall inform the court of the reasons for their decision.

(3B)Unless the court has directed otherwise, the information required under subsection (3A) shall be given to the court before the end of the period of eight weeks beginning with the date on which the direction was given.

(4)Where—

(a)a local education authority apply for an education supervision order with respect to a child who is the subject of a school attendance order; and

(b)the court decides that section 36(3) of the Children Act 1989 prevents it from making the order;

the court may direct that the school attendance order shall cease to be in force.

(4)After subsection (4) there shall be inserted—

(5)In this section—

  • “appropriate local authority” has the same meaning as in section 36(9) of the Children Act 1989; and

  • “education supervision order” means an education supervision order under that Act.

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