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Children Missing from Education

Are you concerned about a child’s attendance?- If you believe that a child may be missing school, the Attendance and Wellbeing Service (AWS) needs to know.

A child missing from education is a child between 5-16 years of age who is not on a school register and has been identified as having been without an educational provision for more than 4 weeks and is not being educated at home. Children who are on roll at a school but not attending do not meet the definition of a Child Missing Education. This however will be an attendance concern. Please refer to ‘Absences during term time | Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough Council (’ for more information on these issues.

You need to contact us straight away if you:

  • have noticed a child who does not appear to be attending school regularly
  • believe that a child is not receiving any education
  • have any concerns about children who have gone missing from your area or neighbourhood.

You do not need to give your personal details but if you do all information will be treated with the utmost confidentiality.

If you are a professional and looking to contact us regarding a known or potential CME, please complete the following form with as much information as possible and email to

What happens next?

By reporting your concern to us you are ensuring the safety and well-being of some of the most vulnerable youngsters within our community.

The AWS have arrangements in place to help identify and trace as far as it is possible any children missing from education in the area, once identified the AWS will make contact with the relevant agencies to work to support the children and families in accessing the appropriate education as quickly as possible.