Newham Council is committed to ensuring that every child of compulsory school age is receiving an excellent full-time education which will give them the opportunity to become successful adults. Parents/carers have a duty to ensure children are receiving suitable full-time education, either by regular attendance at school or otherwise.
This Children Missing Education statutory guidance (September 2016), published by the Department for Education, addresses the statutory duty placed on LA’s to identify children not receiving a suitable education and to identify children missing from education in their area. The DfE also provides a definition of CME:
“Children missing education are children of compulsory school age who are not registered pupils at a school and are not receiving suitable education otherwise than at a school.”
If a child is not in school, they are at significant risk of underachieving, becoming socially isolated, and becoming NEET (not in education, employment or training) later in life. Children who are not accessing a suitable education are also considered to be at risk of neglect and other forms of harm and abuse.
Children may not be attending or may leave school for a number of reasons, but if they are still of compulsory school age, then parents, schools and local authorities have a responsibility to ensure the continuity of their education.
Our purpose is to set out clear & robust procedures for all Education Providers (Schools, Academies, etc), Newham Council and partner agencies to follow, in order to try and locate children who are absent from school and their family whereabouts is unknown and ensure they access suitable education provision as soon as possible. This section of Newham Connect is designed to support professionals who work with children, young people and families both within the Local Authority (LA) and in schools and other educational establishments, together with, the Metropolitan Police, Children’s Social Care, and those who provide services for children and young people and Health services.
NB: This guidance does not refer to children who are missing from view or absent from Home or Care. When a child goes missing from the home, or from care, or where the school has significant safeguarding concerns for the child, the school must refer these children immediately to the Children’s Social Care Service (Newham Triage), and/or to the Police.