Keeping children safe in education

Source: Department for Education
Date: 17 June 2020

The Department for Education (DfE) has published updated statutory guidance for schools and colleges in England on safeguarding children and safer recruitment. Keeping children safe in education (from 1 September 2020) is for information only and does not come into force until 1 September 2020.

Read the guidance: Keeping children safe in education

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Coronavirus: child poverty

Source: Children’s Commissioner for England 

Date: 04 June 2020

The Children’s Commissioner for England has published a blog commenting on the recent analysis by the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) on the poverty impact of the coronavirus crisis since the pandemic began, which estimates that the number of children newly pushed into poverty is likely to be 300,000 at the end of 2020.

Read the blog: Children should not bear the burden of the pandemic recession
Read the press release: 1.1 million more people face poverty at end of 2020 as a result of coronavirus pandemic, finds IPPR​​​​​​​

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Coronavirus: children returning to school in England

Source: Department for Education
Date: 20 May 2020

The Department for Education (DfE) has published updated information and guidance for England in preparation for more children returning to school. Updates include: additional safeguarding guidance around updating child protection policies, designated safeguarding lead arrangements, protecting vulnerable children and mental health; guidance on preventing and controlling infection; and advice for parents about children returning to school and those remaining at home.

Read the guidance:Coronavirus (COVID-19): safeguarding in schools, colleges and other providers
Safe working in education, childcare and children’s social care
Read the advice for parents:Opening schools and educational settings to more pupils from 1 June: guidance for parents and carers
Supporting your children’s education during coronavirus (COVID-19)

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Coronavirus: children’s social care statistics in Northern Ireland

Source: Department of Health
Date: 20 May 2020

The Department of Health (DoH) in Northern Ireland has published children’s social care statistics in relation to the number of children on the Child Protection Register and number of children in care. Figures show that on Monday 18 May 2020, there were 2,361 children on the Child Protection Register and 3,397 children in care in Northern Ireland. The DoH will update these figures weekly for the duration of the coronavirus pandemic.

Read the news story:Temporary weekly publication of high level children’s social care statistics during the Covid-19 pandemic
View the statistics:Northern Ireland children’s social services statistics during COVID-19

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Coronavirus: recovery plan published – Northern Ireland

Source: Northern Ireland Executive
Date: 12 May 2020

The Northern Ireland Executive has published a phased five-stage coronavirus recovery plan. The document sets out the approach the Executive will take when deciding how to ease coronavirus restrictions in the future. The guidance covers schools and the education sector.

Read the news story: Coronavirus recovery plan
Read the document:Coronavirus: our approach to decision 

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Coronavirus: preparing for opening schools and childcare settings

Source: Department for Education
Date: 11, 12 May 2020

The Department for Education has published guidance for schools and childcare settings to prepare for opening on 1 June. The guidance covers: the year groups in the first phase of reopening; managing risk; and key issues including class size and staff availability, attendance, vulnerable children and young people and the curriculum. Guidance for parents and carers to help prepare for the wider opening of nurseries, schools and colleges has also been published. The guidance offers answers to frequently asked questions and outlines a phased return that includes: nurseries, other early year providers, and childminders to begin welcoming back all children; primary schools to welcome back children in nursery reception, year 1 and year 6; and secondary schools, sixth form, and further education colleges to begin some face to face support with year 10 and 12 pupils. The DfE has also published a schools reopening question and answer blog.  

Read the guidance: Actions for education and childcare settings to prepare for wider opening from 1 June 2020
Read the guidance: Opening schools and educational settings to more pupils from 1 June: guidance for parents and carers
Read the press release:Details on phased wider opening of schools, colleges and nurseries
Read the blog:Schools reopening Q&A

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