15 Apr 2012

Retailers asked to help in anti-truancy drive

8:29 am on 15 April 2012

A community group fighting truancy and youth offending in the Horowhenua district is enlisting local businesses to help make the town of Levin a truant-free zone.

The scheme is part of a trial involving the Ministry of Social Development, police, the district council and the group Life to the Max.

A spokesperson for the group, Geraldine Gray, says it has been delivering resource packs to retailers who are being asked to ring in and report truants.

She says one of the group's youth coordinators would then help the children back to school or work through underlying issues that have led to their truancy.

Ms Gray says a survey in November last year found 95% of businesses supported the idea.

She says the group aims to have the zone in place by 7 May.