The co-founder of a leading parenting website has said that there may be complex reasons why a child may not want to go to school, in response to rising truancy rates.
Sally Russell, co-founder of Netmums, said:
Parents may be trying hard, doing their best, but the young person is feeling that they cannot go.
Some children may be the victims of bullying, others may be suffering from anxiety, or feeling that they cannot cope in school.
There are also rare cases these days where they cannot afford the bus fare or lunch money to be able to send them to school.
Both parents and schools need to be making sure that the support is there for the child.
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