Tackling truancy in Northumberland

17 Jan 2018

Northumberland County Council have been working with Northumbria Police in Northumberland to tackle truancy from school. 

Early December saw the Northumberland County Council Education Welfare Service, in collaboration with Northumbria Police and Alnwick, Seaton Valley and Ashington school partnerships undertake three truancy sweeps.

The truancy sweeps lead to 110 home visits made on each occasion to pupils who had failed to register at school at the appropriate time. Officers from both Northumbria Police and the Education Welfare Service also spoke to children and young people who were seen in the area during school hours, with five pupils returned to school. 

Northumberland County Council Deputy Leader Wayne Daley, cabinet member for Children’s Services said: “The work undertaken by Northumberland County Council Education Welfare Service and Northumbria Police is very important to help tackle truancy from our schools. 

“The officers work with both the pupils and their parents to highlight the significance of regular school attendance and the importance of parents communication with their child’s school, encouraging everyone to take an active role in reducing truancy.”