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Nottingham fights truancy.

Nottingham fights truancy.

Children playing truant from school will be targeted by special patrols involving Education Welfare Service officers, supported by police during a day of action across Nottingham today.

Parents of any child found to be out of school without a valid reason could be issued with a £60 fixed penalty notice.

Whilst recent figures show persistence absence has fallen in the area, in the last academic year up to July 2017 there were 315 penalty issued to parents in Nottingham for unauthorised absence and 196 parents were prosecuted.

Truancy 'hotspots' across the city will be targeted by the council's Education Welfare Service and Community Protection Officers supported by Nottinghamshire Police today.

Any children found outside of school, may be taken back to school or their home address. Parents could be issued with a fixed penalty notice.

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