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PPE update from the DfE

Guidance on implementing social distancing in education and childcare settings has been issued on the Department for Education website. This gives an update on the previous guidance along with commonly asked questions and answers visit the DfE website

Within the guidance, the government's posiiton states that many education and care settings, including day special schools, will not need Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). Public Health England guidance is that children displaying COVID-19 symptoms should be at home.       

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The Local Authority (LA) guidance can be accessed below. It's important to familiarise yourself with the whole document, but please note the table, particularly Row L is the most relevant.

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If schools previously dealt with the personal care of students, they should already be equipped to continue this care. If they cannot get their regular supplies of PPE from their normal providers, they can contact their local resilience forum who have been given stocks of PPE to deliver to their local community.

Providers of residential care and social workers engaging with families in the community should also note that PPE is only recommended for staff engaging directly with symptomatic children / carers.

Visit the Together for Families Covid-19 Response pages for other helpful advice/information including developing emotional resilience.

If you have immediate concerns or are worried about a child or young person's safety please telephone the Multi Agency Referral Unit (MARU) on 0300 123 1116

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