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Children missing education

Within Rochdale borough, we separate children missing education in to 2 categories, child missing from education (CME) and child missing out on education (CMOoE).

CME: someone of compulsory school age not on a school roll and after reasonable enquiries still can't be located.

CMOoE: someone of compulsory school age who we know of and can locate but isn't attending school for some reason.

Notify us of a Child Missing from Education (CME)

To notify us of a Child Missing from Education, please complete the CME referral form and send it to

CME referral form (286kb pdf)

Guidance and procedures for notifying us of a CME

Here's some guidance for schools to use when a Child is Missing from Education.



01706 925139

Phone: Monday-Friday 8.30am-4.45pm.

CME Officers
Number One Riverside
Smith Street
Rochdale OL16 1XU