Children returning to school in England

Source: Department for Education

Date: 02 July 2020

The Department for Education (DfE) has published plans for schools and colleges to fully reopen to all children and young people from September 2020. The guidance applies to all schools in England including: local-authority-maintained schools; academies; free schools; alternative provision schools; pupil referral units; independent schools: and boarding schools. Separate guidance has been published for early years and for special schools.

Read the press release: Schools and colleges to reopen in full in September
Read the guidance: Guidance for full opening: schools
Guidance for special educational settings to prepare for the September return of pupils with special education needs and disability (SEND)
Actions for early years and childcare providers during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak

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

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​​​​​​​

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)

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