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

Information and guidance related to children and young people.

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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 – guidance for children's social care services

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

GOV.UK – updated guidance on use of PPE in children's social care services

GOV.UK – financial support for education, early years, and children's social care

GOV.UK – reducing burdens on educational and care settings

GOV.UK – EU settlement scheme: looked-after children and care leavers guidance

GOV.UK – registering children's homes in an emergency as a direct result of COVID-19 pandemic: fast-track applications

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

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

Supporting vulnerable children

GOV.UK – guidance on vulnerable children and young people

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

GOV.UK – guidance on social distancing and for vulnerable people

GOV.UK – supporting disabled people through the coronavirus outbreak

GOV.UK – supporting the wellbeing of primary pupils with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND)

GOV.UK – conducting a SEND risk assessment during the coronavirus outbreak

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

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.

The Learning Disability Professional Senate have developed two resources for people with learning disabilities and their families:

Resources to support families/carers of people with learning disabilities through the coronavirus restrictions (pdf, 27 March 2020) Resources to use with people with learning disabilities through the coronavirus restrictions (pdf, 30 March 2020)

National Autistic Society – Coronavirus advice and helpline for parents, young people and staff

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

Youth Endowment Fund – committing £6.5 million to reach "invisible children"

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 [email protected] or the reporting page on the NSPCC’s website. Supporting organisations can also download the NSPCC helpline, sharable assets to share via your own social media channels (password: helpline).

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

Education, schools and early years

Working in schools and other educational settings

GOV.UK – guidance for schools and other educational settings (full set of guidance, including on school closures, maintaining provision, information for parents and carers, free school meals, apprenticeships and more)

GOV.UK – actions for educational and childcare settings to prepare for wider opening from 1 June 2020

GOV.UK – preparing for the wider opening of schools from 1 June (planning guides for school leaders in primary and secondary schools)

GOV.UK  opening schools for more children and young people: initial planning framework for schools in England

GOV.UK – preparing for the wider opening of early years and childcare settings from 1 June

GOV.UK – opening schools and educational settings to more pupils from 1 June: guidance for parents and carers

GOV.UK – implementing protective measures in education and childcare settings

GOV.UK – recording attendance during the COVID-19 outbreak

GOV.UK – attendance in education and early years settings 

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

GOV.UK – guidance on early years and childcare closures

GOV.UK – implementing social distancing in education and childcare settings

GOV.UK – guidance on isolation for residential educational settings

GOV.UK – safeguarding in schools, colleges and other providers during the coronavirus pandemic

GOV.UK – actions for schools during the coronavirus outbreak

LGA – changes to local authority powers and duties resulting from Coronavirus Regulations 2020: school admissions

GOV.UK – school admission appeals guidance

GOV.UK – using clusters and hubs to maintain educational provision

GOV.UK – critical workers who can access schools or educational settings

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

GOV.UK – modification notice: EHC plans legislation changes

GOV.UK – free school meals guidance in schools

GOV.UK – travel advice for educational settings 

GOV.UK – actions for HE providers during the coronavirus outbreak

GOV.UK – government support package for universities and students

GOV.UK – actions for FE colleges and providers during the coronavirus outbreak

GOV.UK – DfE explanatory note on SAGE modelling

GOV.UK – overview of scientific information on coronavirus

Remote education

GOV.UK – remote education during coronavirus

GOV.UK – remote education practice for schools during coronavirus

GOV.UK – help children ages 2 to 4 to learn at home during coronavirus

GOV.UK – get help with technology for remote education during coronavirus

GOV.UK – adapting teaching practice for remote education

GOV.UK – adapting the curriculum for remote education

British Psychological Society – back to school: using psychological perspectives to support re-engagement and recovery

BBC Bitesize – daily lessons

Qualifications and funding

GOV.UK – guidance on school funding: exceptional costs associated with coronavirus for the period March to July 2020

GOV.UK – deferring Ofsted inspections 

GOV.UK –  information on GCSEs, AS and A Level rewarding: summer 2020

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

Department for Education communications

Department of Transport – schools and education messaging

Letter to Early Years and Childcare Providers in England from Vicky Ford, Minister for Children and Families to early years and childcare providers (pdf, 24 March 2020)



LGA Workforce and HR support  education and young people

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

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

Education unions' statement on the safe reopening of schools