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Coronavirus (COVID-19): looked after children and young people - family contact

Last updated: 15 Jan 2021 - see all updates
Published: 15 Dec 2020

Guidance for managers, social workers and social care providers arranging contact between looked after and accommodated children and young people and their families in both local authority premises, community settings and in some circumstances, a private dwelling.

Coronavirus (COVID-19): looked after children and young people - family contact
Social work services - exemptions

Social work services - exemptions

Exemptions to restrictions on ‘gatherings’ in private dwellings are set out in the schedules for Level 0, Level 1, Level 2, Level 3 and Level 4  of The Health Protection (Coronavirus) (Restrictions and Regulations) (Local Levels) (Scotland) Regulations 2020 Exemptions include gatherings for the purpose of work; for provision of care to vulnerable people; or in fulfilment of legal orders. Exemptions to the regulations for indoor and outdoor public gatherings are available in these schedules.

Face to face family contact for looked after children may be considered exempt in relation to the fulfilment of statutory obligations and/or legal orders; the conduct of essential work; the provision of care to vulnerable people. Exemptions can be used to continue essential family contact, having undertaken a holistic assessment of the child’s circumstances, and having completed a risk management plan.

Family contact includes time spent with birth parents, grandparents and with sisters and brothers. It is important that those responsible for the child’s plan understand the relationships which the child considers as meaningful and important to them when thinking about family contact.


First published: 15 Dec 2020 Last updated: 15 Jan 2021 -