National truancy sweeps begin

    The Department for Education and Skills biannual national
    truancy sweep began today in a bid to ensure as many young people
    as possible attend school, writes Clare

    New Asset  

    The DfES sought the help of the police service to support the
    latest round of truancy sweeps. Officers will work with schools and
    local education authorities to encourage children to attend

    “There are well-researched links between truancy and crime
    and it is in the best interest of the child or young person to be
    in school to help them prepare for later life,” said Charles
    Clark, the Association of Chief Police Officers’ lead on
    youth matters.

    The police service has a national youth strategy that supports
    action against school absences to support young people and also to
    prevent a negative impact on crime levels.


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