Coronavirus (COVID-19) briefing: safeguarding guidance and information for schools

Publication date 2021
Teacher presents to socially distanced class

With schools across the UK teaching most children remotely as part of the latest coronavirus lockdown, professionals need guidance on how best to support and protect children and young people. This briefing pulls together key safeguarding guidance from all four UK nations on how to keep children safe during the pandemic. It answers frequently asked questions including:

  • which groups of children are still eligible to attend school in person during the lockdown?
  • how should schools educate, support and protect children who cannot attend in person?
  • what changes should be made to schools' safeguarding policies and procedures?
  • what happens if nominated child protection leads need to self-isolate or become ill?
  • how should schools look after children and young people’s mental health and wellbeing?
  • how should schools implement social distancing and additional hygiene measures?

This briefing was updated on Wednesday 13th January 2021. We’ll be updating this briefing regularly. Sign up to CASPAR to keep up-to-date.

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