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Missing Education and Child Employment Service

Page last updated: 23/01/2018

The Missing Education and Child Employment Service (MECES) is committed to the principle that all children have the right to a suitable education and regular school attendance is vital to enable young people to achieve their ambitions through education, training and life-long learning.   
Our core function is to protect children’s education, through fulfilling the local authority’s statutory functions in relation to school absence, children missing education, child employment and entertainment licensing. If school interventions have not improved a child’s attendance, we provide, at no charge to schools/academies, a structured response where legal intervention, in the form of penalty notice, prosecution or Education Supervision Order, is considered to be necessary. School Attendance Orders are also issued when children are not on a school roll or are not in receipt of a suitable education.
The Missing Education and Child Employment Service has produced a Guidance for all Essex Schools and Academies which is intended to enable schools to have access to attendance-related information, including examples of good practice and advice on how to access support via our service. The Guidance should be stored in electronic format to enable the most benefit to be gained from the document. There are a number of links to legislation, DfE guidance documents and pages on Essex Schools Infolink contained within the document, as well as to our online referral forms that can be accessed directly via the guidance document.

​​​We continually review our practice to ensure we deliver a high quality service. Your views are very important to us and we would be grateful if you could complete the evaluation form on the link below following any service you have received from MECES;
Further information on the work of the MECES can be found here or by visiting the subpages: