COVID-19: children’s services, education and schools

Information and guidance related to children and young people.


We are working as fast as we can to update this page with useful information for you. Please keep checking back and follow @LGAchildren on Twitter for the latest relevant information.

Children's social care services

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LGA – working with children's services providers during COVID-19: guidance to commissioners

The impact of COVID-19 on education and children's services

GOV.UK – COVID-19 recovery plans: guidance for youth offending teams

GOV.UK – guidance for parents and carers of children attending out of school settings during the coronavirus outbreak

GOV.UK – social care plans from September 2020

GOV.UK – advice to parents and carers on keeping children safe from abuse and harm

GOV.UK – guidance for children's social care services

GOV.UK – Safe working in education, childcare and children’s social care

GOV.UK – reducing burdens on educational and care settings

GOV.UK – what parents and carers need to know about schools and other education settings during the coronavirus outbreak

ADCS – building a country that works for all children post COVID-19

Children's wellbeing and mental health

LGA – public mental health and wellbeing and COVID-19

GOV.UK – guidance on supporting children and young people's mental health and wellbeing

GOV.UK – Teaching about mental wellbeing

GOV.UK – stay alert and safe: social distancing guidance for young people

NHS.UK – advice for parents, guardians and carers on how to help and support a child or young person with mental ill health, suicidal thoughts or self-harming behaviours

Supporting vulnerable children

GOV.UK – guidance on shielding and protecting people defined on medical grounds as extremely vulnerable

GOV.UK – countering online child sexual exploitation and abuse during the coronavirus pandemic

Royal College of Paediatrics – COVID-19 shielding guidance for children and young people

Family Fund – The Family Fund will help low-income families with seriously ill or disabled children with the cost of equipment, goods or services - from washing machines and refrigerators to sensory and educational equipment that they might not otherwise be able to afford.

Barnardo's – See, Hear, Respond campaign for vulnerable children and families 

Learning Disability England – Keeping informed and in touch during Coronavirus

The Challenging Behaviour Foundation – Information and resources for families and carers

Council for Disabled Children – frequently asked questions on SEND support during the coronavirus pandemic

Anyone who is worried about a child or young person can talk to the NSPCC helpline team who offer free support and guidance (telephone 0808 800 5000, email help@nspcc.org.uk or the reporting page on the NSPCC’s website

For more information on protecting vulnerable children, please see the vulnerable people section of our hub.

Education, schools and early years

DfE – what to do if a pupil is displaying symptoms of coronavirus (pdf)

GOV.UK – early years and childcare: coronavirus (this collection covers all areas of early years and childcare in response to the coronavirus pandemic, the guidance below may also be found within this collection).

GOV.UK – education and childcare settings: new national restrictions from 5 November 2020

GOV.UK – guidance for full opening of schools

GOV.UK – guidance for full opening: special schools and other specialist settings

GOV.UK – Ofsted COVID-19 series

GOV.UK – face coverings in education 

GOV.UK – education plans from September 2020

GOV.UK – behaviour and discipline in schools

Remote education

GOV.UK – remote education good practice 

GOV.UK – remote education temporary continuity direction: explanatory note

GOV.UK – remote education during coronavirus

Qualifications and funding

GOV.UK – nursery and early years sector: COVID-19 restrictions and consumer law advice

GOV.UK – use of free early education entitlements funding during coronavirus

GOV.UK – claiming exceptional costs associated with coronavirus

GOV.UK – cancellation of GCSEs, AS and A levels in 2020

Department for Education communications

DfE – COVID-19: Back to School Safely content (Autumn 2020)

PHE – back to school safely communications resources

School governance: coronavirus update

Department of Transport – schools and education messaging

Workforce

LGA Workforce and HR support  education and young people

GOV.UK – order additional tests for schools and education providers

GOV.UK – early years initial teacher training requirements and supporting advice (pdf, May 2020)

GOV.UK – initial teacher training: criteria and supporting advice

GOV.UK – informing DfE of the death of a carer or colleague across children's services

GOV.UK – guidance for coronavirus testing for frontline workers who are self isolating

GOV.UK – induction for newly qualified teachers during the coronavirus outbreak

Mental Health Network – our frontline: support for frontline workers in education

Youth Work Support: advice, guidance and tools for youth workers during the COVID-19 pandemic