Fifty Key Messages – when your child or teenager won’t go to school
Sometimes young people refuse to attend school despite the best wishes of their parents. There are often underlying reasons behind the young person’s decision not to attend school and parents often feel powerless to help their child.
If your child is refusing to attend school and you need support, contact us and an Educational Welfare Officer will get in touch with you.
Can I be taken to court if my child doesn’t attend school?
If you are a parent or guardian of a child aged between 6 and 16 you have a central role to play in ensuring that your child does not miss out on his or her education. Under Irish law you must ensure that your child attends school or otherwise receives an education.
For more information, see: ‘Don’t let your child miss out’
Click here for the PDF Dont let your child miss out
Click here for the PDF Ná bíodh do leanbhsa thíos leis
If you want to explore more Key Messages to support your parenting see https://www.tusla.ie/parenting-24-seven/12-years/