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Would you dob someone in for truancy?

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#1 OneProudMum

Posted 09 December 2012 - 05:36 PM

Child is primary school aged and rarely goes to school. Parents don't care.

Would you dob them in? If so, where do you go for assistance?

#2 Expelliarmus

Posted 09 December 2012 - 05:39 PM

I would ring the Child Abuse and Neglect Report Line in your state because it's Neglect.

Kidshelpline has a list of agencies for each state.


#3 Funnington

Posted 09 December 2012 - 05:44 PM

Child is primary school aged and rarely goes to school.

Wouldn't the school be required to report that?

#4 EssentialBludger

Posted 09 December 2012 - 05:47 PM

If he rarely goes to school I'm sure the school would have already reported it as they are required to do so.

#5 OneProudMum

Posted 09 December 2012 - 06:01 PM

I would have thought so too but it has been going on for months off and on (takes weeks off at a time and also randomly leaves school and walks home without notice) but nothing has happened. I would estimate that she would attend school 10-20% of the required time.

Edited by OneProudMum, 09 December 2012 - 06:03 PM.

#6 YouAreBeautiful

Posted 09 December 2012 - 06:09 PM

Im sure the school is aware and perhaps there is something going on that you don't know about and that the school is aware of? Maybe she is being partially homeschooled?? Has an illness?? Do you know the situation well??

#7 Tarantara

Posted 09 December 2012 - 06:09 PM

I expect the school is entirely aware if the child is at school then leaves. What age is the child?

Often these situations can be something very complicated. I knew an 11 year old who would not attend school for the better part of a year. The parents were extremely caring, but there was nothing they could do to force the child to stay in school. It was a horrible situation, and as it continued for so long it may have appeared that they didn't care, as it wasn't resolved.

If the child is being moved around the countryside and attends different schools every term, it's a different thing entirely.

#8 OneProudMum

Posted 09 December 2012 - 06:27 PM

The child has behavioural issues. She left the first school she was at due to personality clashes with other children and they moved her to another school but nothing has changed. Her behaviour has become increasingly worse but there has been very little done in terms of seeking help and support.

There is a lot going on in the home, but it seems the parents are doing very little to sort the school issue out.

For eg. One morning she was meant to go to school but instead rung a relative and told them she wanted to spend the day with them and they obliged so she spent the day at their home and then rung her parent up close to the end of the day to get picked up there instead of school and there was no repercussions for not going to school.

#9 José

Posted 09 December 2012 - 06:33 PM

I'm sure you can report it. Perhaps what might give the report more strength is if you have witnessed what the child does during school hours e.g. are they being actively supervised? As pp have Said the school is legally obliged to report non attendance and also take steps to encourage attendance. I know of a primary school child who attended school less than 10 days this year. It was reported. No follow up occurred.

#10 Expelliarmus

Posted 09 December 2012 - 06:52 PM

Whether or not the school knows about it is irrelevant. All that will happen is that the information will be added to the child's confidential file. It's the size of that file and the actions being taken that determine when CPS step in.

All OP needs to do is add her piece of the puzzle by making a report.

The school will be working on it from their end but you simply don't know if a) the school has rigorous procedures in place for attendance, b) they have gotten to the Mandatory reporting stage yet or c) agencies are involved.

By ringing the report line yourself it might flag a situation that has not been pieced together yet or it may assist the school to address the poor attendance.

If you know and have the information, make the call.

#11 OneProudMum

Posted 09 December 2012 - 07:04 PM

Thanks for the advice!

#12 ~Eyore~

Posted 09 December 2012 - 07:26 PM

The school would have someone from the Dept of Education in contact with the parents. The school's do send out a letter stating they are watching attendance.

I know this for sure as my son has had alot of time off this year with medical issues and mental health issues as well and being bullied. We recently have had my son approved for leave until the end of the year now. He will be starting a new school next year and repeating.

How do you know the parents aren't sorting the school problems out?

I know I would not be explaining myself to my neighbours as I don't see what it would have to do with them.

The only thing I would say is we are dealing with the school and leave it there.

#13 JillyJellyBean

Posted 09 December 2012 - 07:34 PM

I recently read about the autistic child who was found dead in her bedroom, she was 8 years old and weighed only 9kgs when she died. I know this is an extreme situation, but despite reports to officials nothing was done to save this child.
The neighbours made their issues known and then let it go when it got too hard. I have nothing against any of these people (ok the parents are disgustiong and I hate them), but what if someone fought harder for this childs life? After reading this story I believe we all have a responsibility to report things that concern us.

#14 MrsLexiK

Posted 09 December 2012 - 08:54 PM

QUOTE (OneProudMum @ 09/12/2012, 07:01 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I would have thought so too but it has been going on for months off and on (takes weeks off at a time and also randomly leaves school and walks home without notice) but nothing has happened. I would estimate that she would attend school 10-20% of the required time.

How do you know nothing has happened though? Just because it hasn't gotten better doesn't mean services are not involved.

#15 **Xena**

Posted 10 December 2012 - 10:29 AM

I'd call and make a report. Maybe something is being done but I'd rather make the call and know I tried than to not make the call and then find out something awful happened. You only have to read the news to see how awful turning a blind eye can turn out.

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