Children missing education

A child missing from education (CME) is a child of compulsory school age who is not registered at a school, not placed in alternative provision by a local authority and who is not receiving suitable education at home.

Reasons why children go missing from education can include:

  • not starting school at the appropriate time and therefore not entering the education system
  • being removed from school by their parents due to problems at school, disinterest or poor attendance
  • stopping their education due to exclusion, illness or bullying
  • not finding a suitable school place after moving to a new area
  • personal circumstances (for example if the family is homeless and they are living in temporary accommodation or a refuge, or if there are long term medical or emotional problems).

We have a duty to identify children missing from education in Kent where possible. We must also negotiate support for them to make sure that they get back into education.

Refer a child

If you are aware of a child missing education, please report it online.

Contact us

To contact us:

  • call 03000 41 69 69
  • email cme@kent.gov.uk
  • write to the Children Missing Education Team, Sessions House, Maidstone, ME14 1XQ