Children missing education (CME)

The local authority has a statutory duty to provide school places for children of compulsory school age, and establish (as far as it is possible to do so) the identities of children in the area who are not registered at a school or receiving a suitable education otherwise than at school.

In order to deliver this duty, we must track children no longer accessing education in the city to identify that they are not CME. We will also carry out a variety of enquiries related to children of compulsory school age who are believed to be resident within our city, but without an education provision.

Making a CME Referral - Professionals

If you are aware of a child missing education, a referral should be made to the CME Officer as soon as possible. The relevant contact details are listed below;

Telephone: 023 8083 3666

or complete a referral form and send it via email to:

Email: (Please password protect)
Secure email:

Making a CME Referral - Community

If you are aware of a child who you believe may be missing education within your area, please contact us using the details below, and provide as much information as possible.

Telephone: 023 8083 3666

Follow up action will be taken, but for confidentiality reasons, we are unable to provide feedback to you.