Manchester City Council

Schools & education Children Missing from Education (CME)

What we mean by children missing from education

In Manchester each year children either fail to start in a new school or appropriate education provision or simply become lost from school rolls and fail to re-register at a new school when they move into the city.

These 'missing' children can be amongst the most vulnerable in our city. It is essential that all services work together to identify and re-engage these children back into appropriate education provision as quickly as possible.

Children who remain disengaged from education are potentially exposed to higher degrees of risk that could include engagement in antisocial or criminal behaviour, social disengagement and/or sexual exploitation.

Who to contact

If you have moved into Manchester and have school age children who need a school place, or if your child has been excluded and you need some advice, or if you know of a child who is missing from education we need to know, please contact the Admissions team on or phone
0161 245 7166 or the free Attendance Care Line 0808 1000 840.

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