Children Missing Education

Children Missing Education (CME)


What ‘children missing education’ means

All children of compulsory school age, regardless of their circumstances, are entitled to an efficient, full time education which is suitable to their age, aptitude and any Special Educational Needs they may have. Those children who are not registered at an educational placement, not receiving a suitable education otherwise (i.e. Elective Home Education) or are not regularly attending the school where they are a registered pupil  are deemed to be Children Missing ‘out on’ Education. Those children who cease attending and/or their whereabouts or destination school is unknown are deemed to be Children Missing ‘from’ Education.  These children can be at significant risk of underachieving, being victims of harm, exploitation or radicalisation and in later life becoming NEET (not in education, employment or training).

Tracking and Monitoring

Information sharing between parents, schools, the community and the Local Authority is therefore crucial to ensure that these children are kept safe and are receiving the education they are entitled to. In accordance with the Children Missing Education - Statutory Guidance for Local Authorities (DfE Sept 2016), the Local Authority has effective tracking and enquiry systems in place and an appointed named person to whom schools, other agencies and the public can make referrals regarding children who they believe are missing from education. Joint reasonable enquiries can then be made as quickly as possible by schools and the LA. Joint working arrangements are also in place with agencies and services such as, Housing, Health, the Police, and other local authorities.

Other LA Responsibilities

The Local Authority also has other duties and powers to support their work on CME which include:

  • making arrangements to establish (wherever possible) the identities of children in the area who are not registered pupils at a school and who are not receiving a suitable education otherwise (e.g. Elective Home Education - EHE)

  • arranging education for permanently excluded pupils from the sixth day

  • safeguarding children’s welfare and the duty to protect them from harm and neglect

  • serving Notices and issuing School Attendance Orders to parent/carer(s) who fail to evidence that their child is receiving a suitable education by registering at a school or otherwise. Pursuing a prosecution or an Education Supervision Order for those who do not comply with the Order

  • Issuing a Penalty Notice, pursue an Education Supervision Order or prosecution of parent/carer(s) who fail to ensure that their child(ren) attend regularly at the school or alternative educational provision where they are a registered pupil

Who should be notified of a child missing education?

Julie Hodges (CME Co-ordinator):

Tel: 01609 532477 or e-mail: or

Useful downloads

North Yorkshire Children Missing Education Protocol (June 2019)

Referral Form

CME 1 - In year Leavers 

CME 2 - Admissions - Independent Schools

CME Process Map

Multi-Agency Risk Assessment

One Minute Guide - Children Missing Education

Useful External Weblinks

Children Missing Education – Statutory guidance for local authorities (DfE September 2016)

The Education (Pupil Registration) (England) Regulations 2006 can be found at:

CYPS Info Related Pages

School Attendance

Elective Home Education

Early Help

If there is a significant risk of harm identified regarding a child in a school setting, the school’s Designated Senior Person for Safeguarding should be informed. Other than a school setting the Customer Service Centre should be contacted on Tel: 01609 780780.  The CME Coordinator should be made aware to enable the situation to be logged and ensure action has been taken urgently.