Statutory guidance

Children missing education

Statutory guidance for local authorities and advice for other groups on helping children who are missing education get back into it.

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This statutory guidance is for local authorities. Statutory guidance is issued by law; you must follow it unless you have a good reason not to.

It applies to:

  • local authority-maintained schools
  • academies and free schools
  • independent schools

This guidance will help local authorities comply with their legal responsibilities to:

  • identify children missing education
  • get these children back into education

Other organisations or people helping children who are missing education will also find this guidance useful. This includes:

  • school leaders
  • school staff
  • governing bodies
  • youth offending teams
  • health professionals
  • the police