Isolation guidance for residential educational settings

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New guidance has been published to provide household isolation advice for children and young people who live in residential educational settings, and the staff that support them.

As part of the Government’s response to the coronavirus outbreak, this latest advice is targeted at those living in a range of different homes including residential special schools, residential children’s homes, state and independent boarding schools, further education colleges and university halls of residence.

The publication provides more information on managing isolation should they or a member of staff begin to show symptoms of coronavirus.

The new advice confirms that children’s homes, special schools and colleges, other residential Further Education provision and mainstream boarding schools should all be considered as households under the government’s household isolation policy.

There is also more practical advice for how to manage issues that have arisen from coronavirus for those who care for children and young people with more serious illnesses or special needs in special schools and colleges.

Children’s Minister Vicky Ford said:

There are many children and young people that live in different kinds of households whether that be children’s homes, boarding schools or university halls of residence. We need to make sure that everyone knows how to safely isolate as a household in these challenging times to ensure we are protecting as many people as possible .

The Department has today issued guidance to confirm which residential settings they consider a household and how children, young people and staff and carers can manage safe isolation if they live in an atypical home.

The new guidance is to support staff and children and young people cared for in:

  • children’s homes
  • residential special schools and colleges
  • other FE providers with residential accommodation
  • mainstream boarding schools
  • university or college halls of residence.

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