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Coronavirus (COVID-19): residential childcare

Published: 2 Oct 2020
Last updated: 15 Jan 2021 - see all updates

Guidance for residential children’s houses, residential schools, secure care, and residential respite/short break facilities on staffing, social distancing and self-isolation.

Coronavirus (COVID-19): residential childcare


This guidance is for organisations and their staff working in residential children’s houses, residential schools, secure care and residential respite/short break services for children and young people. It supports the management of these services, taking account of local guidance and the public health guidance.

Managers and staff  should make themselves familiar with COVID-19 advice available from Health Protection Scotland, and regularly review that information. It is important that the most up-to-date guidance is used and that managers and staff are knowledgeable about current guidance. Always access guidance online wherever possible and check regularly for any updated advice.

Read Health Protection Scotland information and guidance for all children’s residential settings.

The NHS inform website is Scotland's national health information service. It has the latest guidance about COVID-19 from NHS Scotland and the Scottish Government

Measures put in place to comply with this guidance must not contravene health and safety legislation, for example, fire doors must not be left ajar to increase ventilation. If a provider requires advice on any elements of health and safety and how this may affect any planned modifications to the service, they can find out more from the Health and Safety Executive or should seek independent advice. Any measures put in place must also not contravene occupiers’ liability legislation or any other legal obligations which relate to the safety of property and those who access it. Providers should seek independent advice on those matters where required.   

First published: 2 Oct 2020 Last updated: 15 Jan 2021 -