Last Reviewed June 2022
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One Minute Guide to Children Not Attending School
Why does it matter if children do not attend school?
It is essential that children attend school. As well as falling behind academically the longer children are disengaged from education, the higher the degree of risk they could potentially be exposed to.
Issues in the home include abuse and neglect, exposure to domestic abuse, parental substance/alcohol misuse, parental mental health issues and expectations of being a young carer. Extra Familial harms may also increase such as online safety issues, CSE/CCE, radicalisation, gangs, peer abuse. Therefore, it is vital all services work together to ensure children are in school, receiving a proper education so schools can provide the right service, at the right time.
The child should not be noted as Child Missing Education (CME) unless they fulfil the criteria for this; visit Children Missing Education - Wakefield Council and
Elective Home Education EHE information; Elective Home Education - Wakefield Council for more details.
MASH 0345 8 503 503
Police will become involved if there is a crime, e.g. domestic abuse incident / an immediate risk to life or serious injury/ if there is a risk of immediate significant harm, or when conducting a missing persons enquiry.
Police can be contacted on 101. Remember to use 999 in an emergency.
When contacting statutory agencies precisely outline the steps you have already taken and state clearly why you feel an intervention from them is required.
Other Useful Documents
- DfE guidance on inmproving attendance; www.gov.uk/government/case-studies/improving-attendance-good-practice-for-schools-and-multi-academy-trusts
- Hard to engage families 1.4.44 Working in Partnership with Families (proceduresonline.com)
- Fabricated and Induced Illness/ Perplexing Presentations: FII/PP One minute guide & West Yorkshire consortium FII / PP procedures
- Emotionally Based School Avoidance Educational Psychology Service | Wakefield Traded Services
- Neglect toolkit – Neglect • Wakefield Safeguarding Children (wakefieldscp.org.uk)