Saudi law punishes parents if children not schooled

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September 02, 2018

Any parent who stops their child from education, can be charged with abuse and neglect

Dubai: With schools opening for the new academic year today, the Saudi Arabia public prosecution tweeted a reminder of the Saudi child protection law, article 4, which criminalises parents who don’t furnish their children with a proper education.

Saudi parents are responsible by law to provide schooling and to create appropriate studying conditions for their children. Parents are also responsible to help them learn and to protect them. Any parent who stops their child from getting an education can be charged with abuse and neglect under the child protection system.


The child protection law was issued in 2014, to protect children’s rights in Saudi Arabia. The law states that until the age of 18 a person is considered a child who needs to be protected from all kinds of harm and neglect by family members, school, care homes and public places.

Parents in Saudi Arabia must get their children formal identification papers, education, vaccinations –  as stated by the health ministry – and provide a safe home. If any one of these basic rights is not met a parent can be charged with neglect.

This article was first published in  Gulf News

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