We have a legal duty to identify children missing education (CME) and to make sure they return to education where possible.

Anyone with a concern that a child is missing education can make a referral to our Access to Education Team.

Children missing education – what does it mean?

Whereabouts are unknown; educational provision unknown, this will include:

  • Children not at their last known address and either has not taken up a school place as expected.
  • children with 10 or more days of continuous absence from school without explanation

Whereabouts known but educational provision is not in place. Children whose education is most vulnerable include those who are:

  • affected by domestic violence
  • living in temporary accommodation or are homeless
  • are highly mobile, such as Gypsy, Roma and Traveller families or services families
  • under the supervision of the youth justice system
  • affected by substance or alcohol misuse
  • unaccompanied asylum seekers
  • victims of bullying or discrimination
  • at risk of sexual exploitation
  • at risk of ‘honour’ based violence including forced marriage
  • at risk of female genital mutilation
  • looked after
  • a young carer
  • teenage parents
  • permanently excluded from school
  • have long term health problems
  • have parents with mental health problems
  • have parents with learning difficulties

In Warwickshire the safety and wellbeing of our most vulnerable children is paramount. If you remain concerned about a child missing in education, please contact us straight away.

Refer a child

Complete the Children Missing Education (CME) referral form (DOTX, 79 KB) and send securely to [email protected]

For urgent concerns

About a child’s safety or well-being which requires immediate action, call the Warwickshire Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH) (and police if appropriate) without delay: 01926 414144

Contact us

Telephone the Access to Education Team: 01926 736323