Of course. It's all part of the problem of **** parenting. "These families are unaware of the threat of fines" Ignorance of the law is no defence. They'll soon become aware. "They do not solve the problem of a child who is missing school because they are being bullied or because they are struggling to catch up with their peers." Bullying, what a surprise, is there a more misused excuse? Oh what a terrible person I am for suggesting it, perhaps it's because I've seen so many bullies use it to turn the tables when they are accused. This doesn't happen in isolation, the school can get involved and can find out the truth. Most cases of long term truanting I have been aware of and involved with are because the child doesn't want to go to school and the parent doesn't care. At some point parent and child are going to have to do something that neither of them like and stop hiding behind excuses. How many families with "multiple problems" have effective parents? The circle needs to be broken for everyone's sake, if it's not happening voluntarily someone needs to do something, saying "This is not the way to behave" is the first step, doing something to make them take action is the next.