Children with health and social care needs

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Children who are clinically extremely vulnerable or with complex health needs

Shielding in England, Northern Ireland, and Scotland is currently paused.

See the latest updates to Government guidance below:

Going into hospital

The NHS has guidance on hospital visits. However, we would advise you check with the hospital ahead of visiting. There may be local variations and the situation is changing.

If your child has to go into hospital during this time, you should still check with the hospital before visiting.

See our advice on hospital admission, including making use of a hospital passport.

Wales has issued this guidance for hospital visits.

Social care support from your local authority

Local authority duties under the Children Act 1989 to disabled children and their families remain in place. These include the duties to assess and arrange provision to support disabled children’s needs while they are under 18, and the needs of their carers.

Direct payments, personal budget and personal health budgets


The government has published updated guidance for people who receive support via direct payments, through personal budgets, and personal health budgets during the coronavirus pandemic, including parents on behalf of their children.


More flexible use of direct payments during the coronavirus pandemic has also been announced in Wales.

Covid-19 vaccination – your questions answered

Our health lead Amanda has put together some questions and answers about the Covid-19 vaccination. We are keeping this page under review and will update it as more information becomes available.