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Resources and User Guidance

The following documents have been produced by the Scottish Government to aide CME coordinators. The contact list will always be the most up to date version and should be used to identify the CME co-ordinator in the area you think a child may have moved to, so that you can contact them directly.


Word DocumentChildren Missing from Education (Scotland) Service Guidance


Excel FileContact List - containing details of Scotland, England, Wales, Northern Ireland and Ireland CME co-ordinators


Further information on attendance and absence in Scottish schools (including traveling families) can be found here.

Shared Practice

The documents below have been created by Local Authorities, who have kindly agreed to share them as examples of 'good practice'. The Flow Diagram and Checklist has been developed by Highland Council and modified by CME(S) to allow Local Authorities to adapt it to suit their local procedures. The 'Request for a Search Form' can also be adapted, if you wish to use this in lieu of developing your own form.

CME(S) would suggest agreeing local procedures with relevant agencies, including Education, Social Work and Police - they may provide a logo to appear in the header of documents to show that they endorse them.

Word DocumentFlow Diagram and Checklist


Word DocumentRequest for a Search Form