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Sort of but more that I plan to challenge this as it seems that the council and school have really dropped the ball. I have looked at the sentencing outcomes but I want more of a feel of what particular track it will take.
In my opinion the school and the council have done damage to my daughter through their actions leading my wife and I to withdraw her from school for home schooling, and given this action was taken 3 weeks after we withdrew her from school, what chances do I have of beating it and if not what are the likely outcomes.
My daughter has been suffering from incredible anxiety and because she was being forced into school she started forcing herself to vomit, to give herself diarrhea, as well as a couple of cutting events. We worked with the school to try and kep her in school, but her mental illness is just getting worse and the school wasn't listening to what we were saying as parents and kept asserting that she was doing fine.
We kept her in school as much as we could until 7 July when we sent a letter to the school informing them that we had removed her in favour of homeschool in accordance with Education (Pupil Registration) Regulation 8 (1) (d) 2006. As far as I can tell they never removed her from the register and counted each additional day as an unauthorised absence and now 3 weeks later they are pressing charges.
While I'm not 100% sure of our defense I think it goes something like they failed my daughter, we pulled her out, and they are using the absences that occurred after we informed them of her switch to homeschooling to press charges against us.
So the council putting her in a situation where she self-harmed and was thinking about suicide is supported by the law?