Parents who choose to home-school in Wales will have to register

Parents who opt to home-school their children will have to register with the government in Wales.

A task group is being set up to work out how to safeguard nearly 2,000 children who are educated at home in Wales every year. The move follows the death of 11-year-old Dylan Seabridge from scurvy.

Dylan became ill at his family’s isolated farmhouse in Pembrokeshire and died in 2011. He had had no direct contact with doctors or teachers from the age of 13 months, a Child Practice Review later found.

An independent review report into the case in 2016 called for the Welsh government to introduce a compulsory register of home-taught children. Children’s commissioner Professor Sally Holland and NSPCC Cymru have also called for a register.

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