A child missing from education is a child of compulsory school age who is not on a school roll or being educated elsewhere.
A child going missing from education, particularly repeatedly, is a potential indicator of abuse or neglect and such children are at risk of being victims of harm, exploitation or radicalisation.
Although most missing children return, they may suffer harm and exploitation during their time away.
Early intervention is necessary to identify underlying safeguarding risk and may prevent the child going missing in the future.
You must be aware of your school or college’s unauthorised absence and children missing from education procedures.
Statutory guidance for local authorities: Statutory Guidance
Leicestershire County Council: Children Missing from Education