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

Information and guidance related to children and young people.


We are working as fast as we can to update this page with useful information for you. Please keep checking back. 


Official Government information

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 – guidance on supporting children and young people's mental health and wellbeing

GOV.UK – Supporting disabled people through the coronavirus outbreak

Education, schools and early years

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 – guidance on isolation for residential educational settings

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

GOV.UK – deferring Ofsted inspections 

Department for Education communications

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 guidance and support

More coming soon. Please follow @LGAchildren on Twitter for the latest relevant information.


Other useful information

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

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

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

Learning Disability England – Keeping informed and in touch during Coronavirus

The Challening Behaviour Foundation – Information and resources for families and carers