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Children Missing from Education

Page last updated: 23/05/2018

All children, regardless of their circumstances are entitled to a full time education which is suitable to their age, ability, aptitude and any special educational needs they may have. Children missing from education (CME) are at significant risk of underachieving, being victims of abuse and becoming NEET (not in education, employment or training) later in life.
The Children Missing Education Policy and Procedures document outlines the procedures that are to be followed within Essex to identify, locate and engage children who are Missing from Education, and to ensure that Essex County Council is effectively meeting its obligations under the Education Act (1996).
Schools, including Academies and Free Schools are required to inform the LA (The Education (Pupil Registration) (England) Regulations, 2006) of the details of pupils who have been absent from school for 10 continuous school days and contact cannot be made with the parent/carer to establish the reason for the absence and the absence has not been reported. In Essex schools are required to notify the LA via the Missing Pupil Checklist
On receipt of the checklist the Investigation Officer will carry out enquiries on behalf of the LA. If following these enquiries the whereabouts of the pupil cannot be established, the LA will advise the school in writing, to remove from roll not before 20 days of unauthorised absence. The school will then be required to upload the pupil's CTF (Common Transfer File) to the s2s lost pupil database. If the pupil is located and found to be living outside reasonable travelling distance to the school, the Investigation Officer will notify the school who may remove the pupil from roll. When removing a pupil from roll, schools are required to submit a Statutory Notification of Deletion/Admission from/to Essex School Roll
Where it comes to your attention that a child, not on roll at your school, appears to be missing from education you may refer their details to the Missing Education and Child Employment Service, via this LINK. Completion of this online form will enable the local authority to conduct investigations into the matter and establish what educational provision is on offer and take action where such evidence is not available.
If you require any further advice or information please contact the Missing Education & Child Employment Service at County Hall on:

Tel: 03330 322 962

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