Child missing education (CME)

If a child with identified child protection concerns is ‘missing’, you must immediately inform the:

You should make your own efforts to locate the pupil before making a CME referral.

Refer a child missing education

Use the CME checklist to show the actions the school has taken. You will need to show this as part of the referral process.

Child missing education (CME) checklist [28.1 KB] [docx]

Complete the online CME referral form for pupils that have left your school:

  • If you are unable to establish the educational provision the pupil is attending.
  • They have been missing for 10 school days or more.

CME system access

You need a Czone account to refer a child missing education.

If you do not have an account, a colleague with an account can request one for you using this account request form.

Child missing education policy

This explains the responsibilities of all staff working in schools (including their governing bodies) and the local authority:

Child missing education (CME) policy [450.0 KB] [doc]

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