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Tired of excuses, Danish city wakes students at home

Published on Dec 4, 2013 12:27 AM

COPENHAGEN (AFP) - Social workers in a wealthy Copenhagen neighbourhood have begun making house calls to wake up students with high rates of absenteeism, sparking accusations that Denmark's welfare state has become too intrusive.

"There have been conflicts, but the people we've sent out are trained to handle situations like that. Of course there's been resistance," said Barbro Lundqvist, a social worker in the upscale Oesterbro district.

After a one-year trial, 33 per cent of the targeted children, who were between seven and 15 years old, had begun attending school regularly.

Around 80 per cent of them had already been in contact with social services for other reasons.

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