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COVID 19: latest information and advice

Safeguarding and child protection

Many parents and carers will need to make decisions about whether to leave their child alone for short or longer periods. Here is the best advice from the NPSCC Home Alone guidance (opens a new window)

Parents and carers are responsible for their children and will need to take decisions about childcare. Please ensure that childminders are suitably trained and DBS checked, as well as private tutors or clubs which may be used.

More here:  Private Tutors (opens a new window)

and here: Registered Childminders (opens a new window) 

Some parents and carers may become unwell themselves. It is very important that suitable carers are chosen for your children, if close family members are not available. 

Private Fostering is a term used when close family members or legal guardians are not used to care for children for more than 28 days. The SPA (Single Point of Access) (opens a new window) would need to be informed to assess the safety of this placement for children aged until 16 years of age. 

Find out more here: 

Private fostering looking after somebody elses child (opens a new window)

GOV.UK (opens a new window)