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Safeguarding children during COVID-19
Local Authority updated COVID-19 Guidance - 1st April 2020

From the Local Authority 26.03.2020

Message for Parents & Carers: Contact Your Local Authority

Your designated learners’ parents and carers can contact us if they have any concerns or queries having sought a solution with you or for information as the network of provision changes over the weeks ahead. They can contact us on the parental helpline on 01926 412021 from 0800 to 1800 or check the Council’s website for further information. The parent and carer webpage can be found here- https://schools.warwickshire.gov.uk/coronavirus/coronavirus-advice-parents/1

Advice from the Department of Education - 17th March 2020

New guidance for households with symptoms

Yesterday, the Government introduced new guidance on whole household isolation in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak:

  • if you live alone and you have symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19), however mild, stay at home for 7 days from when your symptoms started
  • if you live with others and you or another member of the household have symptoms of coronavirus, then all household members must stay at home and not leave the house for 14 days. The 14-day period starts from the day when the first person in the house became ill. It is likely that people living within a household will infect each other or be infected already. Staying at home for 14 days will greatly reduce the overall amount of infection the household could pass on to others in the community
  • for anyone in the household who starts displaying symptoms, they need to stay at home for 7 days from when the symptoms appeared, regardless of what day they are on in the original 14-day isolation period.

The symptoms are:

  • A high temperature (37.8 degrees and above)
  • A new, continuous cough

The full stay at home guidance for households with these symptoms can be found here:

The Prime Minister’s statement from Monday 16 March can be found here:

Message from Warwickshire Schools Health and Well Being Service - 17th March 2020

 

We would be grateful if you could share the following information with your parents/carers via your communication systems:

 

  • Parents/carers can call the service on 03300 245 204 or text Parentline on 07520 619 376.
  • Young people aged 11-19 can text ChatHealth on 07507 331 525 (see attached for ChatHealth poster).
  • These services are available Monday-Thursday 9am-5pm and Friday 9am-4.30pm.
  • Our service webpage contains useful information for children, young people and their families and will be updated with the latest information and advice from our service: https://www.compass-uk.org/services/warwickshire-school-health-wellbeing-service/
  • Support and information is also available from the Family Information Service (FIS) - https://www.warwickshire.gov.uk/fis

 

Advice from Warwickshire Local Authority - 17th March 2020

As of late on Monday 16th March 2020, we have moved into the next phase of how we look to protect people in the UK from COVID-19 within the “delay” phase of the COVID-19 action plan, which can be found here- https://www.gov.uk/government/news/next-stage-of-expanded-coronavirus-covid-19-public-information-campaign-launches.

 

A press conference was held by the Prime Minister, and the Chief Scientific and Medical Officers on 16th March 2020, who set out the new enhanced approach and reasons for it. There were 4 new actions identified as part of the new approach, which may be required for some weeks:

 

1) Whole household isolation if someone in the household develops COVID-19 symptoms (see below section on Household isolation)

 

2) Stopping all unnecessary social contact with others and unnecessary travel - this advice is particularly important for people with certain health conditions, people over the age of 70 and pregnant women (see below section on Social distancing advice)

 

3) Those with the most serious health conditions will be contacted directly on Monday 23rd March about further restrictions, likely to be put in place for around 12 weeks

 

4) Advice against mass gatherings, as part of reducing social contact, but also ensuring critical workers can be used instead to support COVID-19 work.

 

It is extremely important, as the national situation evolves, that we think about how we can best support the mental health and wellbeing of people affected by the outbreak – individuals, families, workplaces, schools, as well as people who are working hard to protect the health of our communities. The Mental Health foundation has some good advice- https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/publications/looking-after-your-mental-health-during-coronavirus-outbreak

 

Also, following simple advice about washing our hands more regularly with soap and water really can make a difference.

 

Household Isolation

 

Detailed information and advice for the public about what they, and their family contacts, should do can be found here on the NHS.uk website (and will be regularly updated). There is some very important detail in the Stay at Home guidance, including at what point people are able to come out of self-isolation, which can be found https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-stay-at-home-guidance

 

People do not need to phone NHS111 if their symptoms are mild but should do if their symptoms worsen/if they need medical care, or if symptoms do not get better after 7 days. There is also a 111 online service that people are being asked to use in the first instance. Please call 999 in an emergency

 

Social distancing advice

 

Information for the public, and particularly for people aged over 70, people with certain health conditions and pregnant women can be found https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-guidance-on-social-distancing-and-for-vulnerable-people

 

Washing hands regularly with soap and water is one of the best way we can prevent spread of the infection.

 

 

Advice from Warwickshire Local Authority - 16th March 2020

 

Welcome to Monday’s COVID-19 Coronavirus briefing. As of last Friday 13th March 2020 we have moved into the “delay” phase of the COVID-19 national action plan. People are now being asked to stay at home for 7 days if they have either a high temperature or a new continuous cough. 

 

Detailed information and advice for the public about what they should do can be found here on the NHS.uk website (and will be regularly updated). There is some new Stay at Home guidance, which can be found here: 

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

 

People do not need to phone NHS111 if their symptoms are mild but should do if their symptoms worsen/if they need medical care, or if symptoms do not get better after 7 days. There is also a 111 online service that people are being asked to use in the first instance. 

 

Washing hands regularly with soap and water is one of the best ways we can prevent spread of the infection. 

 

There will no longer be a focus on where someone has travelled from/to, and the advice is based on symptoms only. Testing will now be based in hospitals only, and people in the community will not be tested. Asking whole households (i.e. people living in the same household as somebody with symptoms) to stay at home is not advised at this stage, but may be advised later.  Stay at Home applies to the individual and not siblings or others.

National guidance can be found here—https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-information-for-the-public#what-to-do-if-you-have-symptoms 

 

 

Advice from the Department for Education 16th March 2020

Updated guidance for education settings on coronavirus (COVID-19)

Today, the Department for Education and Public Health England have issued updated guidance for education settings on COVID-19. This guidance will assist staff in addressing COVID-19 in educational settings. This includes childcare, schools, further and higher educational institutions.

What you need to know:

  • staff, young people and children should stay at home if they are unwell with a new, continuous cough or a high temperature to avoid spreading infection to others. Otherwise they should attend education or work as normal
  • if staff, young people or children become unwell on site with a new, continuous cough or a high temperature they should be sent home
  • clean and disinfect regularly touched objects and surfaces more often than usual using your standard cleaning products
  • supervise young children to ensure they wash their hands for 20 seconds more often than usual with soap and water or hand sanitiser and catch coughs and sneezes in tissues

The updated guidance can be found here:

Current advice remains in place: no education or children’s social care setting should close in response to a suspected or confirmed COVID-19 case unless advised to do so by Public Health England.

The Chief Medical Officer has advised that the impact of closing schools on both children’s education and on the workforce would be substantial, but the benefit to public health may not be. Decisions on future advice to education or children’s social care settings will be taken based on the latest and best scientific evidence, which at this stage suggests children are a lower risk group.

 

Handwashing advice

The most important thing individuals can do to protect themselves is to wash their hands more often, for at least 20 seconds, with soap and water. Public Health England recommends that in addition to handwashing before eating, and after coughing and sneezing, everyone should also wash hands after using toilets and travelling on public transport.

Watch this short NHS film for guidance: