Children missing education
Anyone concerned that a child is missing education (CME) can make a referral to the Access to Education Team at Gloucestershire County Council
Children Missing Education (CME) refers to 'any child of compulsory school age who is not registered at any formally approved education activity eg school, alternative provision, elective home education, and has been out of education provision for at least 4 weeks'.
CME also includes those children who are missing (family whereabouts unknown), and are usually children who are registered on a school roll / alternative provision. This might be a child who is not at their last known address and either
- has not taken up an allocated school place as expected, or
- has 10 or more days of continuous absence from school without explanation, or
- left school suddenly and the destination is unknown
It is the responsibility of the Access to Education Team, on behalf of the Local Authority (LA), to:-
- Collate information on all reported cases of CME of statutory school aged children in Gloucestershire maintained schools, academies. free schools, alternative provision academies and Alternative Provision Schools (APS).
- Liaise with partner agencies and other LAs and schools across Britain to track pupils who may be missing education.
- Ensure each child missing education is offered full time education within 2 weeks of the date the LA was informed.
Alerting the Local Authority that a child may be missing education
Any professional should alert the LA when they suspect that a child might be missing from education. To make this process as easy as possible, a referral should be sent to:
Access to Education Team
Gloucester GL1 2TP
Tel 01452 328774 / 426015