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Vulnerable Groups

Who are the vulnerable groups?

They are:

  • children who are known to Social Services
  • children with an Education, Health and Care Plan
  • children whose parents are required to work as they have been identified as key workers


However, if your child falls into one of these categories, BUT has complex health needs then you should follow Public Health England advice about social distancing. If you have any concerns, please contact your school or Bradford Council’s children’s services on 01274 435600 for advice.

My child has been identified as being in one of the vulnerable groups and entitled to keep attending school but I want to keep them at home. Can I?

If your child is known to a social worker, the local authority may decide to make school attendance compulsory as part of a care plan.

If your child has complex health needs, and under Public Health England guidance should be social distancing, then they should stay home for up to 12 weeks.

If your child shows symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) they should self-isolate for a minimum of 14 days.

If your child has an Education, Health Care Plan, it is expected that they attend the allocated school, which may not be their normal school, unless they show symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) or have complex health needs, in which case they should stay home.

Any parents who are finding it difficult for their children to attend, should contact the SEN Assessment Team on 01274 435750.


Will my child’s Education, Health and Care Plan be reviewed during school closure?

All schools are provided with advice on how to undertake annual reviews if they are required. This includes how annual reviews can be made without a face-to-face meeting, e.g. telephone, email.

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