Support to improve attendance of the most vulnerable children during COVID-19
22 May 2020
As part of the response to coronavirus (COVID-19), educational settings have been asked to continue to provide care for children and young people who are vulnerable or whose parents/carers are critical to the coronavirus (COVID-19) response.
The latest Government guidance Supporting vulnerable children and young people during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak encourages vulnerable children and young people (Children in Need CIN, LAC, children with an EHCP or those with a Child Protection plan CP) to attend educational settings unless they have underlying health conditions that puts them at severe risk.
The latest guidance Coronavirus (COVID-19): implementing protective measures in education and childcare settings further supports this. However, in Ealing school attendance of vulnerable children remains low.
Two new resources (see downloads) are available to guide and support your school's response if you have low attendance of vulnerable pupils.
- The Ealing safeguarding process to help increase the number of vulnerable children and young people attending school. This consists of a step by step approach to identify the barriers to school attendance and makes clear the role social care play in working with you and the family.
- Safeguarding guidance – Frequently Asked Questions during COVID-19 response. This provides clarification on the latest Government guidance about the school attendance of vulnerable children and young people and also gives DSLs some useful tips and information to help when having conversations with parents and carers of vulnerable pupils about their attendance at school.