Improving support for children missing education

Closes 20 Jul 2023

Opened 18 May 2023


We are seeking evidence to improve the way children missing education are identified and supported.

Why your views matter

We want to empower local authorities, schools and others to identify and support children missing education more effectively. This is to ensure every child gets an education, wherever they live and whatever their background.

In this call for evidence, we are seeking views on:

  • how children missing education are identified and supported
  • the challenges in identifying and supporting children missing education
  • how to address those challenges

Children missing education are children of compulsory school age who are not registered pupils at a school and are not receiving suitable education otherwise.

Give us your views


  • Teachers
  • Headteachers
  • Governors
  • School support staff
  • Local authorities
  • Designated safeguarding leads
  • Virtual school heads
  • SENCOs
  • Educational Psychologists
  • School business managers
  • Governing bodies and academy trusts
  • Bodies representing schools and local authorities
  • Faith bodies
  • Pupils
  • Young people
  • Parents
  • Foster carers
  • Adoptive parents
  • Social workers
  • Unions and representative organisations
  • Those evaluating programmes for children in need
  • Those involved in underlying theoretical research on abuse and neglect, child development etc
  • Those researching children’s social care or education systems, with links to educational outcomes of Children in Need
  • Social workers
  • Team managers
  • Service managers
  • Principle social workers
  • Directors of children's services
  • Health visitors
  • School nurses


  • Education
  • Pupil place planning
  • Admissions
  • Keeping children safe in education and other settings
  • Preventing neglect, abuse and exploitation
  • Attendance and absence