There is wide agreement about the outcomes desired for every child – they should be healthy, stay safe, enjoy and achieve, make a positive contribution and achieve economic wellbeing.

The guidance in this document aims to help local authorities effectively implement the duty to identify children not receiving a suitable education, or children missing from education (CME). The guidance also demonstrates how implementation of this duty can help local authorities make progress towards a number of Government priorities.

The document is issued under the section 436A of the Education Act 1996, which provides that local authorities must have regard to statutory guidance issued by the Secretary of State. This document provides that statutory guidance and applies to England only. Local authorities in England must take this guidance into account and, if they decide to depart from it, have clear reasons for doing so.

This is a revised version of original statutory guidance issued in February 2007. It has been updated to place implementation of the duty in the revised strategic context following on from publication of the Children’s Plan (December 2007); to reflect priorities that have emerged since the original version was published; and to reflect local authorities’ initial experience of implementing the duty.

This document is issued under the new section 436A of the Education Act 1996, which provides that local authorities must have regard to statutory guidance issued by the Secretary of State.

This document provides that statutory guidance and applies to England only. Local authorities in England must take this guidance into account and, if they decide to depart from it, have clear reasons for doing so.

Includes:

  • Introduction
  • Implementing the duty
  • Check if place of education already known
  • Identify and access available provision and places
  • Monitor attendance for all provision
  • Appendices