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11 September 2019

The diverse risk profiles of persistently absent students: Implications for attendance policies in Australia

This research used data from the LSAC to examine children's exposure to combinations of risks for absenteeism and how these relate to school absence patterns. There were four classes of risk exposure. Most children (56%) were exposed to minimal risk, 20% were exposed to parenting, child development, and mental health risks only, 15% were exposed to financial risks only, and 9% had exposure to all risks. Persistently non-attending children were eight times more likely to be in the high-risk group than regular attenders. However, one-third of persistent non-attenders were classified as low-risk.