Children Missing from Education Policy


Date reviewed: September 2019
Review frequency: Annually
To be reviewed by: Sarah Hadwin (Safeguarding Lead) 



Policy Adoption, Monitoring and Review

This policy was considered and adopted by the Governing body on 29th January 2016 in line with their overall duty to safeguard and promote the welfare of children as set out in the DfE guidance ‘Keeping Children Safe in Education 2016’. Parents will be issued with a hard copy of this policy on request. This policy will also be made

available to parents via the school website.

The Governing Body will actively evaluate the effectiveness of this policy by monitoring the staff group’s understanding and application of the procedures within this policy as per our duty to safeguard and promote the welfare of children.

School Duty

Lees Brook Community School has a duty to monitor student’s attendance through their daily register and inform the Local Authority of details of students who are regularly absent from school or who have missed 10 school days or more without permission.

The school has a safeguarding duty under section 175 of the Education Act 2002 in respect of our students, and as such we will investigate any unexplained absences.

Children who miss school without explanation

Children missing education are at significant risk of under achieving, being victims of abuse and becoming NEET (not in education, employment or training) later in life. Lees Brook Community School will investigate thoroughly any unexplained absences.

The Attendance team will:

  • Contact parents by telephone on the first day of absence if there is no reason known for the student not to be in school. A text will also be sent.
  • A further telephone call will be made to parents on day two of the absences if there continues to be no response.
  • If there is no response by day three, the school’s attendance Officer will undertake a ‘safe and well’ check at the home address and hand deliver a letter requesting a reason for the absence.
  • If a child continues to be absent from school after working day 6, the school has been unable to contact a family member and the school has received no reason for the absence, the student will be referred to the local authority as a missing child.
  • If child returns to school with no explanation of absences, the Attendance team will write to the parents again asking them to contact school urgently
  • Parents will be invited to a meeting if their child has continuous unexplained absences.
  • Children in particular risk of missing education
  • There are many circumstances where a child may become missing from education. The list below is not exhaustive:
  • Students at risk of harm/neglect
  • Children of Gypsy, Roma and Traveller families
  • Families of Armed Forces
  • Missing children/runaways
  • Children and young people supervised by the Youth Justice system
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