Coronavirus (COVID-19): safeguarding in schools, colleges and other providers

Guidance for schools and colleges to support them keeping children safe, including online, during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

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This guidance applied to the 2020 summer term. See the latest relevant guidance on full opening for schools, early years and further education. Guidance on keeping children safe in education is also available.

Applies to England



This guidance is for schools, colleges and education providers including:

  • local-authority-maintained schools (including maintained nursery schools)
  • academies including:
    • multi-academy trusts
    • free schools
    • alternative provision (AP) academies
  • pupil referral units
  • independent schools
  • further education (FE) colleges
  • sixth-form colleges
  • institutions designated as being in the FE sector
  • other FE providers, funded by ESFA, such as:
    • 16 to 19 academies
    • independent learning providers
    • special post-16 institutions

It aims to support schools and colleges to keep children safe.

Updates to this page

Published 27 March 2020
Last updated 20 May 2020 + show all updates
  1. Updated to provide guidance on what schools and colleges should be thinking about as they plan for more children to return from week commencing 1 June - especially around updating the child protection policy, designated safeguarding lead arrangements, protecting vulnerable children and mental health.

  2. First published.

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