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

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 

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

Coronavirus briefing: safeguarding guidance for early years

Source: NSPCC Learning
Date: 18 May 2020

NSPCC Learning has published a briefing summarising government guidance on safeguarding and child protection for early years settings during the coronavirus pandemic. For each of the four nations the briefing looks at: early years provision; regulations; child protection and safeguarding; child welfare; and staffing and recruitment. The briefing will be updated regularly.

Read the briefing:Coronavirus briefing: safeguarding guidance for early years

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