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Maltreated children four times more likely to miss school

from University of South Australia

A study of almost 300,000 Australian children over 12 years has revealed that those who have suffered “substantial maltreatment and neglect” are four times more likely to miss school for extended periods than their counterparts. Lead researcher Dr Jason Armfield from the University of South Australia says almost 50 percent of children who have been abused or severely neglected had at least one school term of chronic truancy, compared to only about 10 percent of children with no involvement in the child protection system. more

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