Playing truant

WHILE most young people will miss high school for short periods intermittently, there is a subset of troubled teenagers who miss substantial periods of time which compromises their education and thereby has an impact upon their potential for further education or employment.

The long-term health and educational outcomes of young people with prolonged non-attendance are an increasing focus in this area. Prolonged school non-attendance is associated with substance use, smoking, binge drinking, high-risk sexual behaviour, pregnancy, violence, self-harm and suicide