Govt re­jects Blayney’s call for tru­ancy of­fi­cers

Midwest Times - - NEWS -

The State Govern­ment has re­jected Ger­ald­ton MP Ian Blayney’s call for ded­i­cated tru­ancy of­fi­cers and a hot­line to re­port un­su­per­vised chil­dren wan­der­ing around dur­ing the school day.

Min­is­ter for Rac­ing and Gam­ing Paul Pa­palia, rep­re­sent­ing Min­is­ter for Ed­u­ca­tion and Train­ing Sue Ellery, said the Govern­ment was con­fi­dent the Keep­ing Kids in School pro­gram and badged at­ten­for dance of­fi­cer ap­point­ments were suf­fi­cient to deal with the prob­lem.

Mr Blayney said the tru­ancy prob­lem in Ger­ald­ton was “grad­u­ally get­ting worse,” and there needed to be a num­ber peo­ple to call when they spot­ted un­su­per­vised youth dur­ing school hours.

Cur­rently, if shop staff see an un­su­per­vised youth dur­ing the day, they are en­cour­aged to con­tact the child’s school.

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