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New guidance for children and young people on shielding

The latest guidance on shielding for children and young people most likely to become unwell if they catch coronavirus (which applies from 6 July 2020) is for them to continue to shield until 31 July, when shielding is paused for everyone in England.

The government have confirmed changes in their latest general shielding guidance that the majority of children currently considered extremely clinical vulnerable to COVID-19 will be able to be removed from the shielded patient list in coming weeks. Specialists and GPs will be to contacting children and their families to discuss this over the summer, so families do not need to take any immediate action.

From 1 August, when shielding will have been paused, the government is advising people adopt strict social distancing, rather than full shielding measures. Strict social distancing means that children and young people may go out to more places and see more people, but should always stay at least two metres apart from anyone from outside their household or ‘support bubble’. In practice, this means:

  • You can return to childcare, college or university
  • If you are school-age then you are allowed to go to school if: your parents or guardians are critical workers; you have a social worker or an education health and care (EHC) plan; the government has said that your year group are eligible to return, which is all year groups from September
  • You can go outside to buy food, to places of worship and for exercise

An easyread version of the new shielding advice is available.

Further information materials for SEND children and young people are available from MENCAP.

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