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Truancy – The Next Generation. A S tructured Court Intake Approach. The Problem. The service/need gap – court point of view Current court methods. Typical truancy case flow. Meeting the needs of truant student and family. Identifying the cause of the truancy. The solution.
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Truancy – The Next Generation A Structured Court Intake Approach
The Problem • The service/need gap – court point of view • Current court methods. • Typical truancy case flow. • Meeting the needs of truant student and family. • Identifying the cause of the truancy.
The solution • Therapeutic v. correctional model • Start with – a truancy court intake system • Create the link between the school/student/court • First step – try and identify the specific need • Assist the family/student to access information and services • Make court orders that address this student
Enforcing truancy laws. • Truancy: the unapproved absence from school • Signs of Truancy • Consequences of Truancy • Enforcement: School/Attendance Board/Court • Typical Truancy Court Hearing • Deficiencies in court process and outcome • Sanctions
Finding an Effective Approach • Family justice services intake model • First point of access • Court counselors identify causes of student’s truancy • Role of intake personnel and triage • Type of court intake services • Role of judges and accountability • Problem solving and neutrality of the court
Conclusion • Costs and resources • Court intake model and agency collaboration