Moving between care placements
Where children are being received into care, or are moving between placements, it will be necessary to take account of necessary aspects of their care in relation to COVID-19, including whether it is helpful to test the child for the presence of coronavirus. This may also be considered where a child has returned from having absconded to unsafe situations and where the risk of infection has been unclear.
A decision on whether it is appropriate for a child in such situations to be tested is a clinical decision, informed by information on the context, clinical needs and urgency of the situation and appropriate risk assessment by the social work professionals and the local public health team. The Chief Social Work Advisor and Director for COVID-19 Testing have issued advice regarding this.
Establishments should take account of the advice in this guidance when managing admissions. They should undertake individual risk assessments, based on the circumstances of each young person, and should not apply blanket rules to admissions. These processes should be discussed with the young person, lead professional and placing authority, to ensure they are aware of the admissions process and able to contribute their views about it.