Children missing education

Under section 436A of the Education Act 1996 we have a duty to make arrangements to establish the identities of children in our area who are not registered pupils at a school and are not receiving suitable education otherwise.


A Children Missing from Education (CME) is defined by the Department for Education (DfE) as "a child of compulsory school age who is not on a school roll, nor being educated otherwise (e.g. privately or in alternative provision) and who has been out of any educational provision for a substantial period of time (usually four weeks or more).

How to inform us

If you become aware of a child missing from education and wish to report a concern, you can contact the Single Point of Access in the first instance. They will be able to provide guidance and support regarding completing a referral form. 

The Single Point of Access can be contacted on 020 8547 5008 during office hours from 8 to 6pm.

Updated: 14 February 2018