Covid Support for vulnerable children and young people
Scottish Government Guidance for schools, local authorities and parents during January 2021 lockdown.
Date Published: 21 Dec 2020
Vulnerable children and young people – definition
Children and young people may be vulnerable because of factors related to their personal development, features of their family life, or because of wider influences that impact on them within their community.
This would include a range of children and young people, such as those:
- at risk of significant harm, with a child protection plan
- looked after at home, or away from home
- ‘on the edge of care’, where families would benefit from additional support
- with additional support needs, where there are one or more factors which require significant or co-ordinated support
- affected by disability
- where they and/or their parents are experiencing poor physical or mental health
- experiencing adversities including domestic abuse and bereavement
- requiring support when they are involved in making transitions at critical stages in their lives.
Where a child requires co-ordinated support from more than one agency, this is likely to suggest greater vulnerability.
Who to contact? - Named persons as key points of contact (Health Visitor, School head teacher, guidance teacher) If you have a social worker you may wish to contact them also.
Full details available here: Vulnerable child School Placement during lockdown