Truancy Patrols

MQT on 2009-11-18
Session date: 
November 18, 2009
Question By: 
Joanne McCartney
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


Have you set up any specific truancy patrols as was suggested in your initial Time for Action proposals? If so, where have these been operating?


Answer for Truancy Patrols

Answer for Truancy Patrols

Answered By: 
The Mayor

ruancy patrols are operated jointly by MPS and Local Authorities. As a result of the apparent disparities across London Boroughs in how they are deployed and perceived, we undertook a comprehensive joint survey with London Councils over the summer. The survey examined the extent and effectiveness of enforcement measures in all boroughs to us determine which approaches have the greatest impact in solving non-attendance and truancy.

The findings of this survey, combined with our ongoing research of the role of the courts in increasing attendance in schools, will inform our enforcement proposals under Project Brodie. These will be developed in partnership with London Councils and the Metropolitan Police Service, and will complement our other work on addressing the reasons for truancy.