Llanelli mum prosecuted over truancy

A Llanelli mother has been prosecuted for allowing her 14-year-old daughter to persistently truant.
Carmarthenshire County Council brought the prosecution against the woman who pleaded guilty at Llanelli Magistrates Court on Tuesday to an offence under the 1996 Education Act.
The court was told that education welfare officers had been working with the family for more than a year to support the mother in getting her daughter to school. Her attendance had not improved and the council had to take court proceedings.
The woman was fined £65, and ordered to pay a victim’s surcharge of £15 and prosecution costs of £60.
The local authority’s senior education welfare officer Avril Jones said: “We prefer to work with families to get children to attend school regularly and we only prosecute as a last resort. We had tried everything before bringing this prosecution.”

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