Provision for vulnerable children and young people
Monday 23rd March 2020
You will have seen the announcements over the past few days about school closures for everyone except children of critical workers and vulnerable children, in order to prevent the spread of coronavirus.
The government has now published questions and answers about about the provisions being made for vulnerable children and young people: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-guidance-on-vulnerable-children-and-young-people.
The new guidance covers children:
- supported by the child social care system
- with education health and care (EHC) plans
- in alternative provision (AP) settings
The government has also published guidance on isolation and COVID-19 to support management of children and young people in residential educational settings, including boarding schools, residential special schools and specialist colleges and children's homes: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-guidance-on-isolation-for-residential-educational-settings
You can keep up-to-date by checking the gov.uk webpages where the goverment will publish updates and guidance. If you need further advice you can speak to an adviser on the Department for Education Coronavirus helpline: 0800 046 8687 - lines are open 8am-6pm Monday - Friday, and 10am-4pm on Saturday and Sunday.