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.
More top news
Donald Trump's press secretary will hold his first full briefing today after a weekend in which the administration clashed with the media.
All weekend it felt as though the new administration had a self-destruct button and was desperately searching for it.
Areas of dense freezing fog across the south-east could cause flight delays until at least 10.30am, according to forecasts.