KIDS is working with our families to make sure that we’re all safe and well as we emerge from lockdown. With the final significant change to restrictions on August 16th we wanted to share with our families what we’ll be doing to keep everyone safe and well in line with the latest guidance and regulations:

For all our staff working directly with children and young people we are following government guidance for health and social workers.

This means most double vaccinated health and social care staff who are close contacts of cases will be able to routinely return to work, provided they have had a negative PCR test.

However, they will also be required to take daily lateral flow tests for 10 days after being contacted, as a precaution.

Where staff are working directly with any clinically extremely vulnerable child or young person we will do a risk assessment which we would share with parent/carers to ensure that we take the right steps to keep everyone safe.

Guidance on protecting people who are clinically extremely vulnerable from COVID-19 is on the gov.uk website .

Local authorities may also have  additional  guidance in their local areas, so please do check with your service if you want more details about what is happening in your area.

For our staff not in close contact with children or young people we will be following the government guidance:

  • From August 16th, anyone told by NHS contact tracers or the app to self-isolate will not need to do so, as long as they have received their second dose of a coronavirus vaccine more than 14 days prior to their contact with a positive case.
  • These people are advised to take a Covid-19 PCR test "as soon as possible to check if they have the virus and for variants of concern".
  • Those contacted will not need to self-isolate while they await the results of their test.
  • Those who develop Covid-19 symptoms should self-isolate, get a PCR test, and remain in quarantine until the result comes back.
  • Anyone who tests positive will still be legally required to self-isolate for ten days.

Isolation also lifts for under 18s

Self-isolation rules are also lifting for all under-18s, regardless of their vaccination status. Under 18’s should also follow the guidance above.

However please continue to inform your setting if your child has been in close contact or has any symptoms or a positive test result. The government says this is to avoid further disruption to children's education. Recent figures showed more than one million children in England were out of school in one week of July for coronavirus related reasons.

Depending on the setting we are continuing to work in bubbles or smaller groups, please speak to your service for more information.

What about the unvaccinated?

There'll be no change to coronavirus rules for those who have not had both doses of a coronavirus vaccine, so staff will need to self isolate we are however strongly encouraging all our staff to have both vaccines