General Article Ministers urged to close loophole which saw 50,000 children go 'missing' from education last year

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By Camilla Turner, Education Editor

Ministers have been urged to close a loophole which saw 50,000 children go ‘missing’ from schools last year, leaving them exposed to radicalisation, trafficking and exploitation.

There is no national database that records Children Missing Education (CME) – those who are not registered as pupils at a school and are not receiving suitable education elsewhere – despite this group being at ‘significant risk’ of becoming ‘victims of harm’, according to official guidance.

It is up to local authorities to record data on CME, but the information they hold is patchy and many are unable to say whether these children are known to social services, according to research by the National Children’s Bureau (NCB).

 

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