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ERIC Number: ED257027
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1985
Pages: 15
Abstractor: N/A
A Last Resort: Truancy Referrals to Juvenile Court.
Banchy, Nancy Kramer
The issue of appropriate truancy intervention is addressed in this description of the efforts of Minneapolis, Minnesota to design a continuum of interventions that relies on the resources of both the school and juvenile court. Exigencies which precipitated a truancy pilot project are discussed: a shared belief that truancy is a signal for attention, and if left unattended, a precessor of more serious problems; a 1983-84 truancy study of court interventions and their impact on school attendance; and a compilation of school district truancy statistics including characteristics of students who were truant during the same period. The 1984-85 Truancy Pilot Project is then presented, with attention given to the target population, primary strategies, and pilot objectives. Four intervention levels are discussed: (1) school truancy team prevention and support intervention for all students; (2) identification and intervention for team-selected high-risk students; (3) truancy intervention strategies for truants; and (4) court surveillance for habitual truants. A list of seven implications for school social work practice are reviewed, with an emphasis on the need for continued work with chronically truant students and their families, and the desirability of viewing the juvenile court as a last resort intervention. (NRB)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Support Staff; Practitioners
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Minnesota (Minneapolis)