The Children & Families Minister sends her thanks to Foster carers

A letter to foster carers “We are writing to express our very sincere gratitude on behalf of the Government for your continuing dedication to supporting some of our most vulnerable children at this difficult time. Your role as foster carers is a service that is unrivalled in our society: you open your homes and your hearts […]

Coronoavirus: social work practice guidance for social workers in England

Social Work England and the Principal Social Worker Network (PSW) have published guidance for social workers on ethics, risk assessments and virtual meetings. The guides include a best practice guide for risk assessment and prioritising children and families’ needs during the coronavirus pandemic.   Read the news story here > Read the guides here: Best […]

Coronavirus: guide for young people on social distancing

Public Health England has published guidance for young people on staying at home and social distancing. The guidance includes information about: work and education; wellbeing; advice for young carers; living across two families; and accessing healthcare.   Find out more > […]

Coronavirus and school re-opening FAQ’s

The House of Commons Library has published a briefing looking at key issues and frequently asked questions (FAQs) in relation to schools in the UK and the coronavirus outbreak. Topics covered include: provisional plans for re-opening schools to more pupils in England; the approach being taken in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland; and research on […]

Coronavirus: preparing for opening schools and childcare settings in England

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 […]

The House of Commons Education Committee opens inquiry into the impact of Covid-19 on education and children’s services

The inquiry will look at how the outbreak of COVID-19 is affecting all aspects of the education sector and children’s social care system and will scrutinise how the Department for Education is dealing with the situation.   It will examine both short term impacts, such as the effects of school closures and exam cancellations, as […]

Changes to children’s social care regulations in response to COVID-19

From the Department for Education: We recognise it is proving challenging for local authorities and providers to meet the full range of statutory duties relating to child protection, safeguarding and care during the coronavirus (COVID-19). I am therefore pleased to announce that the Department for Education is making temporary changes to ten sets of children’s […]

Coranavirus: homeless young people

Centrepoint has published a series of FAQs to support vulnerable young people who are homeless or facing the risk of being homeless during the coronavirus outbreak. Read the news story here > […]

Coronavirus: care experienced children

The Children’s Commissioner for Wales has recorded a message for care experienced young people on Facebook. The message encourages children and young people to reach out for the help and support they need.   View the Facebook message here > […]