Children Missing Education (CME)

A Child 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".  This is in line with CME Guidelines 2016

Children Missing Education are:

  • Not on a school roll.
  • Not being educated in a school or anywhere else.
  • Identified as being out of Education for over 20 school days.

Children Missing Education are not:

  • Children who are on roll of a school but are not in regular attendance. If a child is not attending their registered School or Education provider, the school's attendance policy should be followed.
  • Children who are being Electively home Educated (EHE).
  • Children whose parent/carer has applied for a school place, and the application is being dealt with by the Admissions procedure.

How do I refer a CME?

Anyone can refer a child as CME. If you are a member of the public or a professional working within the City you can contact us on:

  • Email:
  • Phone: 01332 641448
  • Address: Education Welfare Service, Locality 3 / 4 Ashtree House, Council House, Corporation Street, Derby, DE1 2FS

If you are a professional working in an external Authority and believe this child has moved into the City, please complete the following form.

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