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Tackling truancy in Basingstoke

Basingstoke has been chosen as part of a pilot scheme to tackle truancy in the town. Hampshire County Council and the police say they'll be working together - as part of a 'supporting families' initiative - to crack down on unauthorised school absences.

Basingstoke's attendance rates are above the national average, but the council says there is a small minority of children who are persistently absent from school, and they'll be working with both children, and parents.