Children missing education: children missing from education in England 2016-17

National Children's Bureau
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This analysis looks at the numbers of children recorded as missing education in England for the year 2016/17 who are also either in receipt of free school meals or known to social services. It is based on the results of a Freedom of Information (FOI) request sent to all local authorities in England. The data provided by 136 local authorities in England, found that 49,187 children were reported as missing education at some point in 2016/17. Of these, 22 per cent in receipt of free school meals (compared to 13 per cent in the general population) and 15 percent were known to social services (compared to 5.5 per cent of all children referred to social services). The results show the high numbers of children missing education, that children living in poverty are more likely to miss education, and also question whether these children are getting the support they need. It makes recommendations for the Department of Education, which include, to collect and analysis national-level data on children missing education; the revision of statutory guidance to improve the recording and understanding of children missing education; and to support local authorities and schools to share best practice. (Edited publisher abstract)

Subject terms:
education, school attendance, poverty, social services, risk, local authorities, schools, safeguarding children;
Content types:
research, statistical publication
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