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Covid 19: Things to Consider when visiting families

It is of utmost importance that if you are working with children or families that you consider both their health and yours prior to any visits or contact.

  • Staff, should follow national guidance if they are unwell with a new, continuous cough or, high temperature to avoid spreading infection to others
  • Follow your own agency’s advice on making contact with children, young people and families. If you are using alternative methods such as social media and technology to keep in contact with children, young people and families remember to do this in line with your agency’s policies and in a safe and appropriate manner
  • Ensure you follow all the relevant guidance of minimising the spread of infection both prior to, and after being in contact with a family or child / young person
  • Encourage families to follow government guidance on minimising the spread of infection and help them to be aware of the risks COVID-19 has on those with compromised or underlying health conditions
  • If you are due to visit a child or family with a compromised or underlying health condition make sure you are aware of the current COVID-19 guidance and speak to your manager for advice before your visit
  • If you have been knowingly in contact with a child or family (including your own) displaying any symptoms of being unwell then phone your manager for advice before returning to the office or visiting another child or family.

Information and Advice:

Advice for Educational Settings:
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-to-educational-settings-about-covid-19

NHS Advice
https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/

Talking to children about Coronavirus
https://www.bps.org.uk/sites/www.bps.org.uk/files/Policy/Policy%20-%20Files/Talking%20to%children%20about%20Coronavirus.pdf

How to talk to your child about coronavirus, by UNICEF https://www.unicef.org/coronavirus/how-talk-your-child-about-coronavirus-covid-19

Information video on coronavirus for Primary KS2
http://www.brainpop.com/health/diseasesinjuriesandconditions/coronavirus/

Information video on Coronavirus for older children/adults, by WHO
https:www.youtube.com/watch?v=mOV1aBVYKGA&feature+youtu.be

Support for Deaf Children

https://www.ndcs.org.uk/blog/coronavirus-and-support-for-deaf-children-information-for-professionals/

NSPCC – Keeping Children Safe

https://www.nspcc.org.uk/keeping-children-safe/

Coronavirus and caring for your baby

https://www.lullabytrust.org.uk/safer-sleep-advice/coronavirus-and-caring-for-your-baby/

Undertaking remote teaching safely

https://learning.nspcc.org.uk/news/2020/march/undertaking-remote-teaching-safely/

Latest Guidance on vulnerable children and young people

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-guidance-on-vulnerable-children-and-young-people

Shielding Advice

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-on-shielding-and-protecting-extremely-vulnerable-persons-from-covid-19/guidance-on-shielding-and-protecting-extremely-vulnerable-persons-from-covid-19

Early Years and Childcare closures

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-early-years-and-childcare-closures/coronavirus-covid-19-early-years-and-childcare-closures#who-this-guidance-is-for

Translated stay at home guidance from the UK Government: Available in Arabic, Bengali, Cantonese, Mandarin, French, Gujurati, Polish, Portuguese, Punjabi, Urdu and Welsh

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-stay-at-home-guidance