Tusla is launching a campaign in November aimed at improving school attendance.
A former government minister has called for child benefit to be withheld from parents whose children are not attending school.
Roscomommon-Galway TD Denis Naughten says one in eight primary school children miss at least 20 days of school per year.
It comes as the child and family agency Tusla launched a new initiative for the month of November to encourage better attendance.
Deputy Naughten welcomes the efforts, but believes child benefit should also be used to encourage attendance: