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Last reviewed on 18 June 2021
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Get advice on parenting contracts, including when to use them in response to problems with behaviour or attendance, and see examples and guidance from local authorities.

Use parenting contracts for misbehaviour or irregular attendance

A parenting contract is a formal written, signed agreement between parents and either the local authority (LA) or the governing board of a school, and should include:

  • A statement by the parents that they agree to comply for a specified period with the requirements set out in the contract; and
  • A statement by the LA or governing board agreeing to provide support to the parents for the purpose of complying with the contract

While they are voluntary, non-compliance should be recorded by the school or LA, as it may be used as evidence in court where an application is made for a behaviour parenting order.

This is set out in DfE statutory guidance on school

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