Refer a child not receiving a formal education to us

We have a statutory duty to try and identify and locate children between the ages of 5 to 16 who are missing from education. This is in line with the CME guidelines 2016.

Children missing from education are not:

  • on a school roll
  • being educated in an alternative provision or at home
  • in private education

How to make a referral

You can make a referral if you're:

  • school staff
  • a relevant professional

Schools must also complete and return a CME tracking sheet (PDF, 150 KB) and upload this as a part of the online referral.

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Making a referral as a member of the public

If you are concerned that a child is not receiving a formal education, contact us to discuss the case further.

Contact us

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