In a week long truancy sweep, police officers and education officials will patrol both on foot and in high visibility vehicles splashed with an anti-truancy message, stopping and asking youngsters why they are not in school and questioning their absence. If children are in the company of parents or a guardian, they will be reminded of their legal responsibilities.
The campaign will begin in Kirkby this Monday, 5 March, and will focus on a particular area of the borough every day.
Julia Smith from Knowsley Council's citizenship and social inclusion unit (CSIU), says: 'It is hoped that this campaign will aid schools in reducing truancy rates thereby helping to improve education and future employment opportunities for young people in Knowsley.
'All the new and established initiatives are part of Knowsley Council's school first programme which aims to work in partnership with the community in ensuring that the young people of the borough can enjoy a happy, healthy and fruitful education leading to a successful future for themselves.'
Sergeant Frank Stott from Merseyside Police added: 'Merseyside Police are fully committed to reducing truancy throughout the Knowsley area. We are working in conjunction with Knowsley Council and local schools to not only re-inforce the importance of education but also to highlight the risks that a young person may experience either as a victim of crime or being drawn into other anti-social activities.'
The truancy sweep starts on Monday in Kirkby from the police station at 9.15am.