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Warwickshire County Council

Attendance Service

Children Missing Education (CME)

Warwickshire County Council has a legal duty to identify Children Missing Education (CME) and to make sure they return to education wherever possible. Anyone with a concern that a child is missing education can make a referral to the Access to Education Team at Warwickshire County Council.

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 an allocated school place as expected, or
  • 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 entitlement is most vulnerable include those who are:

  • affected by domestic violence
  • living in temporary accommodation or are homeless
  • are highly mobile ie Gypsy, Roma and Traveller families or Service 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
  • young carers
  • 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 well-being 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 (DOCX, 79 KB) and send securely using

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.