DfE reminder: Clinically extremely vulnerable (CEV) children, home test kits and NHS test and trace

01 Sep 2021

Dfe reminder: Update to all early years, children’s social care, schools and further education providers

Important information about clinically extremely vulnerable children and young people

Clinical studies have shown that children and young people, including those originally considered to be clinically extremely vulnerable (CEV), are at very low risk of serious illness if they catch the virus. The UK Clinical Review Panel has recommended that all children and young people under the age of 18 should no longer be considered CEV and should be removed from the Shielded Patient List, the national database of people considered clinically extremely vulnerable.

All children and young people should continue to follow the same guidance as everyone else, which can be found at www.gov.uk/coronavirus. For a very few individual children specific clinical advice may be given and this should continue to be followed.

The Department for Health and Social Care have developed an FAQ that can be accessed online.

A letter has been sent by the Department of Health and Social Care to the families of children and young people who were previously classified as CEV informing them of this change. Although shielding was paused on 1 April 2021, we know that for some this may be a significant change and they may be anxious about returning to face-to-face education for the Autumn Term. Whilst attendance is mandatory, we recommend that leaders in education work collaboratively with families to reassure them and to help their child return to their everyday activities. Discussions should have a collaborative approach, focusing on the welfare of the child or young person and responding to the concerns of the parent, carer or young person.

Urgent reminder for secondary schools and colleges to check home test kit stock levels

Please check your stock levels to ensure that you have sufficient numbers of at home test kits to distribute when you re-open for the autumn term. You will need enough test kits for all of your staff to resume twice weekly testing at home, and for your students to resume twice weekly testing at home following an initial two tests onsite.

If your stocks are low, you can re-order more test kits via our online ordering portal. Please remember, you need to order by 5pm each Tuesday to secure delivery the following week.

Contacting NHS Test and Trace on 119 for issues and queries about the supply, ordering and delivery of test kits for all settings that are part of the education rapid testing programme

Please contact NHS Test and Trace on 119 for any issues or queries about the supply, ordering or delivery of test kits. The helpline is open 7am to 11pm, Monday to Sunday. Please note that the DfE COVID-19 helpline will no longer be able to respond to queries about test kit supply and logistics.

For all other enquiries about the rapid testing programme in education, please continue to contact the DfE COVID-19 helpline on 0800 046 8687. The helpline is open 8:00am to 6:00pm, Monday to Friday and 10:00am to 6:00pm on Saturdays and Sundays.

The information below has not changed since our last update

Department for Education COVID-19 helpline

The Department for Education COVID-19 helpline and the PHE Advice Service (option 1) is available to answer any questions you have about COVID-19 relating to education settings and children’s social care.

Department for Education guidance

Our guidance to support education providers, local authorities and parents during the COVID-19 pandemic can be accessed using the links below:

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Last updated: 02 Sep 2021

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