Coronavirus (COVID-19) SEND Local Offer

Children with medical needs

Majority of children no longer need to shield

The Department of Health and Social Care released a statement on Monday 6 July setting out that most children no longer need to shield. The latest guidance for families is as follows:

  • a small group of children who receive specialist care in hospitals may need to carry on shielding following a consultation with their doctor; this includes those receiving cancer care or those at risk of severe infection due to an immunodeficiency
  • most other children who were initially identified as being clinically extremely vulnerable will no longer be considered at highest risk; in particular, children and young people who are cared for just by their GP are very unlikely to need to continue to shield in the long term; this includes children with conditions such as asthma, diabetes, epilepsy and kidney disease

The guidance says: ‘Children will only be removed from the shielded patient list by their GP or specialist doctor following consultation with the child and their family. Specialists and GPs will be asked to contact children and their families to discuss this over the summer, so families do not need to take any immediate action.’

You can read the Government announcement in full here: Majority of children no longer need to shield (GOV.UK, opens in a new window).

The most up to date guidance from Government on shielding and protecting people defined as extremely vulnerable on medical grounds can be found on GOV.UK

This guidance is for everyone who has been identified as clinically extremely vulnerable from GOV.UK (opens in a new window). If you or your child are in this group, you will previously have received a letter from the NHS or from your GP telling you this. You may have been advised to shield in the past.

Website:GOV UK guidance on shielding and protecting people defined on medical grounds as extremely vulnerable (opens in new window)

Other guidance which may prove helpful:

Website: Statutory Guidance - Supporting Pupils at School with Medical Conditions (opens in a new window)