School Attendance and Pupil Welfare

Children Missing from Education (CME)

There are many reasons why children and young people disappear from the education system and are at risk of ‘going missing'. These range from failing to start in a new school or appropriate education provision to simply not re-registering at a new school when they move into the country.

The Education and Inspections Act 2006 places a statutory duty on local authorities in England and Wales  to make arrangements to identify children and young people of compulsory school age (aged between 5 and 16) missing education within their area.

If you think a child and/or young person is missing from education (in whatever capacity), please inform the Education Service.

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You do not have to give us your personal details but if you do these details will be treated with the utmost confidence and not revealed to anyone other than Education Officers responsible for dealing with children missing from education.

ID: 1345, revised 04/01/2023