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Freedom of Information Request

Children recorded as missing from education

Received: 3 June 2021

Under the Freedom of Information Act 2000, please can you provide me with responses to the following:

1/ Please provide the total number of school-aged children recorded as missing from education in the academic year due to end in July. Please also provide figures for the previous three academic years (2017/18, 18/19 and 19/20).

Children are recorded as "missing from education" if they are of compulsory school age, and the authorities are unable to trace them - typically for four weeks or more, or two to three days in the case of vulnerable children.

2/ Please provide the total number of school-aged children recorded as missing from education in the academic year due to end in July who could not be traced at all (they were not found). Please also provide figures for the previous three academic years (2017/18, 18/19 and 19/20).

Please send me the data requested in the form of an Excel spreadsheet or as a csv file, using the template provided.

Previous figures are collated here: http://www.ncb.org.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/files/Children%2520Missing%2520EducationFINAL.pdf

If you are able to supply some of this information more quickly than other items, please supply each item when you can rather than delay everything until it is all available.

If there are any clarifications requested or exemptions cited for certain parts of the request, please provide responses for others in the meantime, as advised by the Information Commissioner.

If you need any clarification then please email me.

Under your section 16 duty to provide advice and assistance I would expect you to contact me if you find this request unmanageable in any way so we can negotiate how best to proceed.

I would be grateful if you could confirm in writing that you have received this request, and I look forward to hearing from you in the near future,

Many thanks for your assistance,

Outcome / Documents

  • CME FOI Response - LBB (7371984) - application/vnd.openxmlformats-officedocument.spreadsheetml.sheet - Download
  • Response (all information to be supplied) - application/pdf - Download