Thank you for contacting me about safeguarding children and other vulnerable people during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.
During this difficult time for the country, I recognise that social distancing and other measures necessary to save lives are having a hugely disruptive impact on people’s lives. Unfortunately, this could mean that some vulnerable people are no longer accessing the support they need.
I am assured that Ministers are aware of these concerns and are working closely with all Local Authorities to ensure that vulnerable children can, where required, attend a school or college. There is an expectation that children with a social worker will attend provision, unless in consultation with the child’s social worker and family it is agreed this is not in the best interests of the child. In all circumstances where a vulnerable child does not take up their place at school or college, or discontinues, the school or college should notify their social worker.
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