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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