before being offered help
Some absent students may have to wait up to two months until they receive help to get back to school, according to a youth attendance worker.
“There’s not enough funding and not enough workers,” said Brendon Crompton, who works with attendance service Blue Light.
“We have 12 youth workers for all of south Auckland, and we have an active caseload around 1800 to 2000 [non-enrolled] kids.”
The number of children who are not in any education has more than doubled in the last five years, but money spent on attendance services has increased by 27.2%, according to government data.