Jenkins v Howells: KBD 1949

A pupil had been continuously away from school because her mother was a chronic invalid and it was necessary for the girl to assist with housework. When the mother was prosecuted pursuant to the Act, she contended that her daughter’s absence was the result of ‘any unavoidable cause’ by reference to the Act. The Divisional Court rejected that contention and held that ‘unavoidable cause’, like sickness, must be in relation to the child and not the parent.
[1949] 2 KB 218
England and Wales
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CitedRegina v Islington London Borough Council, ex parte G A (a Child) Admn 20-Oct-2000
The child was severely disabled and was to be schooled as a weekday boarder 75 miles from home. He sought assistance with the travelling expenses when his condition worsened and the arrangements became more burdensome.
Held: It was not open to . .

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Updated: 12 May 2021; Ref: scu.179637