Published guidance, information and resources to help you

This public health emergency brings great challenges for everyone, especially children in need of care and protection, their families and carers, and those supporting them.

While the impact of this will be felt by all, we know that it will further exacerbate the challenging circumstances of children, young people, parents, and carers who were already dealing with existing stresses and strains in their lives.

There is emergency legislation, with new guidance in development that will also have an impact on the delivery of support services, the duties of public authorities and lives of children, young people and their families. We will be adding this information to this page too.

We have gathered together important guidance, information and resources to help many of the people we work with. Click on any of the links in the boxes below to find out more.

All information from the Scottish Government can be found here: https://www.gov.scot/coronavirus-covid-19/

Residential care

 

guidance-icon-40x40.png Guidance from the Scottish Government on getting tested in Scotland (August 2021)

guidance-icon-40x40.png Guidance from the Scottish Government on staying safe and protecting others (August 2021)

advice-ico-40x40.png  Advice from the Scottish Government for people at highest risk (August 2021)

guidance-icon-40x40.png Guidance from the Scottish Government on reducing the risks in schools (August 2021)

guidance-icon-40x40.png Guidance from the Scottish Government for school age childcare services (August 2021)

advice-ico-40x40.png guidance-icon-40x40.png Advice and guidance from the Scottish Government on supporting children and young people with complex additional support needs (Jan 2021)

guidance-icon-40x40.png  Guidance from the Scottish Government to private and third sector childcare providers and childminders on daycare services for children (June 2021)

information-icon 40x40.png  Information from Social Work Scotland offering a framework for decision-makers to ensure children in public care maintain strong connections with family during Covid-19

advice-ico-40x40.png  Advice and help from the NSPCC if you are worried a child may be struggling with their mental health or has anxiety

guidance-icon-40x40.png  Guidance from the British Psychological Society on supporting care experienced children and young people 

guidance-icon-40x40.png  Guidance and signposting from YouthLink Scotland for youth workers

information-icon 40x40.png  Information from the Scottish Children's Reporter Administration on additional operating procedures for Children's Hearings (July 2021)

information-icon 40x40.png  Information from Scottish Social Services Council for social services workers and employers

information-icon 40x40.png  Information from the Children's Hearings Improvement Partnership explaining the use of emergency legislation for Children's Hearings

information-icon 40x40.png  Information from Social Work Scotland on legislation, regulations, and guidance

advice-ico-40x40.png  Advice and updates from the Scottish and British Association of Social Workers

Adoption

 

guidance-icon-40x40.png Guidance from the Scottish Government on getting tested in Scotland (August 2021)

guidance-icon-40x40.png Guidance from the Scottish Government on staying safe and protecting others (August 2021)

advice-ico-40x40.png  Advice from the Scottish Government for people at highest risk (August 2021)

guidance-icon-40x40.png Guidance from the Scottish Government on reducing the risks in schools (August 2021)

guidance-icon-40x40.png Guidance from the Scottish Government for school age childcare services (August 2021)

advice-ico-40x40.png guidance-icon-40x40.png Advice and guidance from the Scottish Government on supporting children and young people with complex additional support needs (Jan 2021) 

guidance-icon-40x40.png Guidance from the Scottish Government to early learning and childcare (ELC) services - a checklist of mitigations for Level 0 and below (August 2021)

guidance-icon-40x40.png Guidance from the Scottish Government  on reducing the risks in schools (9 August 2021)

information-icon 40x40.png  Information from the Scottish Government about COVID-19 testing for under-fives (July 2020)

advice-ico-40x40.png guidance-icon-40x40.png  Advice and guidance from the Scottish Government to support the continued safe operation of Early Learning and Childcare settings (August 2021)

advice-ico-40x40.png  Advice from the British Government about ordering coronavirus rapid lateral flow tests for use at home (April 2021)

guidance-icon-40x40.png Guidance from the Scottish Government on the safe implementation of practical activities in schools as young people return following the COVID-19 pandemic (August 2021)

guidance-icon-40x40.png Guidance from the Scottish Government on testing for Covid-19, including who is eligible for a test, how to get tested and the different types of test available (9 August 2021)

advice-ico-40x40.png guidance-icon-40x40.png  Advice and guidance from the Scottish Government for students living away from home explaining how restrictions on social gatherings apply (9 August 2021)

advice-ico-40x40.png  Advice from Adoption UK, offering a list of learning tools and resources for online learning for children

advice-ico-40x40.png  Advice from the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health for parents and carers of babies less than three months old during COVID-19

information-icon 40x40.png  Information from Adoption UK Scotland on help and support available

guidance-icon-40x40.png  Guidance from CoramBAAF on adoption, fostering, family placement, health and legal issues

advice-ico-40x40.png  Advice from Adoption and Fostering Alliance on virtual meetings of Adoption and Fostering Panels

information-icon 40x40.png  Information from the Scottish Children's Reporter Administration on additional operating procedures for Children's Hearings from (August 2021)

information-icon 40x40.png  Information from the Children's Hearings Improvement Partnership on current arrangements for Children's Hearings

advice-ico-40x40.png  Advice and help from the NSPCC if you are worried a child may be struggling with their mental health or has anxiety

advice-ico-40x40.png  Advice and help from the NSPCC about keeping children safe online

information-icon 40x40.png  Information from the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families on supporting young people's mental health

guidance-icon-40x40.png  Guidance from the British Psychological Society on supporting care experienced children and young people 

information-icon 40x40.png  Information from Enquire on how the new coronavirus laws affect the education of children with additional support needs in Scotland

Social workers

 

guidance-icon-40x40.png Guidance from the Scottish Government on getting tested in Scotland (August 2021)

guidance-icon-40x40.png Guidance from the Scottish Government on staying safe and protecting others (August 2021)

advice-ico-40x40.png  Advice from the Scottish Government for people at highest risk (August 2021)

guidance-icon-40x40.png Guidance from the Scottish Government on reducing the risks in schools (August 2021)

guidance-icon-40x40.png Guidance from the Scottish Government for school age childcare services (August 2021)

advice-ico-40x40.png guidance-icon-40x40.png  Advice and guidance from the Scottish Government for managers, social workers and social care providers arranging contact between looked after and accommodated children and young people and their families (Jan 2021)

guidance-icon-40x40.png Guidance from the Scottish Government for parents and carers of children returning to ELC and P1-3 (Feb 2021)

guidance-icon-40x40.png Guidance from the Scottish Government on summer activities for children and young people (May 2021)

advice-ico-40x40.png  Advice from the British Government about ordering coronavirus rapid lateral flow tests for use at home (April 2021)

guidance-icon-40x40.png  Guidance from the Scottish Government on reducing the risks in schools (9 August 2021)

advice-ico-40x40.png guidance-icon-40x40.png Advice and guidance from the Scottish Government on supporting children and young people with complex additional support needs (Jan 2021)

guidance-icon-40x40.png Guidance from the Scottish Government on testing for Covid-19, including who is eligible for a test, how to get tested and the different types of test available (9 August 2021)

advice-ico-40x40.png guidance-icon-40x40.png  Advice and guidance from the Scottish Government for students living away from home explaining how restrictions on social gatherings apply (9 August 2021)

information-icon 40x40.png  Information from Social Work Scotland on legislation, regulations, and guidance

guidance-icon-40x40.png  Guidance from the Scottish Social Services Council to help social workers respond to COVID-19

advice-ico-40x40.png  Advice and updates from the Scottish and British Association of Social Workers

information-icon 40x40.png guidance-icon-40x40.png  Information and guidance by Health Protection Scotland for social or community care and residential settings

guidance-icon-40x40.png  Guidance from the Scottish Government for chief officers and child protection committees on the continuity of services (Dec 2020)

advice-ico-40x40.png guidance-icon-40x40.png Advice and guidance from the Scottish Government on childcare closures and emergency provision (June 2021)

guidance-icon-40x40.png  Guidance from the Scottish Government Guidance on home visits and direct contact interviews (Jan 2021)

guidance-icon-40x40.png  Guidance from Social Work Scotland on a framework for decision-makers to ensure children in public care maintain strong connections with family 

guidance-icon-40x40.png  Guidance from the Scottish Government for central and local government and public bodies in Scotland with an overview of the key measures contained within Coronavirus (Scotland) Act 2021

guidance-icon-40x40.png  Guidance from the Scottish Government on Coronavirus testing for key workers who are showing symptoms (9 August 2021)

guidance-icon-40x40.png Guidance from the Scottish Government on tackling violence against women and girls

information-icon 40x40.png  Information from national, local and professional bodies in Scotland through a national wellbeing hub to support health and social care staff in Scotland

information-icon 40x40.png  Information from the Scottish Children's Reporter Administration on additional operating procedures for Children's Hearings (July 2021)

information-icon 40x40.png  Information from the Children's Hearings Improvement Partnership explaining the use of emergency legislation for Children's Hearings

advice-ico-40x40.png  Advice from the Adoption and Fostering Alliance on virtual meetings of Adoption and Fostering Panels 

advice-ico-40x40.png guidance-icon-40x40.png  Advice and guidance from Scottish Social Services Council to help you look after your own wellbeing, and the wellbeing of others

information-icon 40x40.png  Information from Social Work Scotland offering a framework for decision-makers to ensure children in public care maintain strong connections with family during Covid-19

advice-ico-40x40.png  Advice and help from the NSPCC if you are worried a child may be struggling with their mental health or has anxiety

information-icon 40x40.png  Information from Enquire on how the new coronavirus laws affect the education of children with additional support needs in Scotland

information-icon 40x40.png  Information from the European Social Network on social services responses to COVID-19 across Europe

Kinship care

 

guidance-icon-40x40.png Guidance from the Scottish Government on getting tested in Scotland (August 2021)

guidance-icon-40x40.png Guidance from the Scottish Government on staying safe and protecting others (August 2021)

advice-ico-40x40.png  Advice from the Scottish Government for people at highest risk (August 2021)

guidance-icon-40x40.png Guidance from the Scottish Government on reducing the risks in schools (August 2021)

guidance-icon-40x40.png Guidance from the Scottish Government for school age childcare services (August 2021)

guidance-icon-40x40.png Guidance from the Scottish Government on testing for Covid-19, including who is eligible for a test, how to get tested and the different types of test available (9 August 2021)

advice-ico-40x40.png  Advice from the British Government about ordering coronavirus rapid lateral flow tests for use at home (April 2021)

guidance-icon-40x40.png Guidance from the Scottish Government to early learning and childcare (ELC) services - a checklist of mitigations for Level 0 and below (August 2021)

advice-ico-40x40.png guidance-icon-40x40.png  Advice and guidance from the Scottish Government to support the continued safe operation of Early Learning and Childcare settings (August 2021)

guidance-icon-40x40.png  Guidance from the Scottish Government guidance on reducing the risks in schools (August 2021)

advice-ico-40x40.png guidance-icon-40x40.png  Advice and guidance from the Scottish Government for students living away from home explaining how restrictions on social gatherings apply (August 2021)

advice-ico-40x40.png  Advice from the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health for parents and carers of babies less than three months old during COVID-19

information-icon 40x40.png  Information from the National Parent Forum Scotland for parents and carers

information-icon 40x40.png  Information from the Scottish Government about COVID-19 testing for under-fives. (July 2020)

advice-ico-40x40.png  Advice and help from the NSPCC if you are worried a child may be struggling with their mental health or has anxiety

advice-ico-40x40.png  Advice and help from the NSPCC about keeping children safe online

guidance-icon-40x40.png  Guidance from the British Psychological Society on supporting care experienced children and young people 

information-icon 40x40.png  Information from the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families on supporting young people's mental health

information-icon 40x40.png  Information from Social Work Scotland offering a framework for decision-makers to ensure children in public care maintain strong connections with family during Covid-19

information-icon 40x40.png  Information from the Children's Hearings Improvement Partnership explaining the use of emergency legislation for Children's Hearings

information-icon 40x40.png  Information from the UK Government on claiming benefits from Universal Credit

advice-ico-40x40.png guidance-icon-40x40.png Advice and guidance from the Scottish Government on supporting children and young people with complex additional support needs (Jan 2021)

information-icon 40x40.png  Information from Social Security Scotland on Best Start Grants and Best Start Foods

information-icon 40x40.png  Information from the Scottish Children's Reporter Administration on additional operating procedures for Children's Hearings (July 2021)

information-icon 40x40.png  Information from Enquire on how the new coronavirus laws affect the education of children with additional support needs in Scotland

Foster care

 

guidance-icon-40x40.png Guidance from the Scottish Government on getting tested in Scotland (August 2021)

guidance-icon-40x40.png Guidance from the Scottish Government on staying safe and protecting others (August 2021)

advice-ico-40x40.png  Advice from the Scottish Government for people at highest risk (August 2021)

guidance-icon-40x40.png Guidance from the Scottish Government on reducing the risks in schools (August 2021)

guidance-icon-40x40.png Guidance from the Scottish Government for school age childcare services (August 2021)

advice-ico-40x40.png guidance-icon-40x40.png  Advice and guidance from the Scottish Government for managers, social workers and social care providers arranging contact between looked after and accommodated children and young people and their families (Jan 2021)

guidance-icon-40x40.png Guidance from the Scottish Government to early learning and childcare (ELC) services - a checklist of mitigations for Level 0 and below (August 2021)

advice-ico-40x40.png guidance-icon-40x40.png Advice and guidance from the Scottish Government on supporting children and young people with complex additional support needs (Jan 2021)

advice-ico-40x40.png  Advice from the British Government about ordering coronavirus rapid lateral flow tests for use at home (April 2021)

guidance-icon-40x40.png Guidance from the Scottish Government on reducing the risks in schools (9 August 2021)

advice-ico-40x40.png guidance-icon-40x40.png  Advice and guidance from the Scottish Government to support the continued safe operation of Early Learning and Childcare settings (August 2021)

guidance-icon-40x40.png Guidance from the Scottish Government on the safe implementation of practical activities in schools as young people return following the COVID-19 pandemic (August 2021) 

guidance-icon-40x40.png Guidance from the Scottish Government on testing for Covid-19, including who is eligible for a test, how to get tested and the different types of test available (9 August 2021)

advice-ico-40x40.png guidance-icon-40x40.png  Advice and guidance from the Scottish Government for students living away from home explaining how restrictions on social gatherings apply (9 August 2021)

advice-ico-40x40.png  Advice from the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health for parents and carers of babies less than three months old during COVID-19

advice-ico-40x40.png  Advice and support from The Fostering Network

information-icon 40x40.png  Information from the Adoption and Fostering Alliance on virtual meetings of adoption and fostering panels

information-icon 40x40.png  Information from the Scottish Children's Reporter Administration on additional operating procedures for Children's Hearings (July 2021)

guidance-icon-40x40.png  Guidance on looked-after children and the children’s hearings provisions of the Coronavirus (Scotland) Act 2020

information-icon 40x40.png  Information from the Scottish Government about COVID-19 testing for under-fives (July 2020)

guidance-icon-40x40.png  Guidance from CoramBAAF on adoption, fostering, family placement, health and legal issues

information-icon 40x40.png  Information resources and links from the National Parent Forum Scotland for parents and carers

advice-ico-40x40.png  Advice and help from the NSPCC if you are worried a child may be struggling with their mental health or has anxiety

advice-ico-40x40.png  Advice and help from the NSPCC about keeping children safe online

guidance-icon-40x40.png  Guidance from the British Psychological Society on supporting care experienced children and young people 

information-icon 40x40.png  Information from Social Work Scotland offering a framework for decision-makers to ensure children in public care maintain strong connections with family during Covid-19

information-icon 40x40.png  Information from the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families on supporting young people's mental health

advice-ico-40x40.png  Advice from the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families reflecting on the child in care

information-icon 40x40.png  Information from Enquire on how the new coronavirus laws affect the education of children with additional support needs in Scotland

Teachers

 

guidance-icon-40x40.png Guidance from the Scottish Government on reducing the risks in schools (9 August 2021)

guidance-icon-40x40.png Guidance from the Scottish Government on getting tested in Scotland (August 2021)

guidance-icon-40x40.png Guidance from the Scottish Government on staying safe and protecting others (August 2021)

advice-ico-40x40.png  Advice from the Scottish Government for people at highest risk (August 2021)

guidance-icon-40x40.png Guidance from the Scottish Government on reducing the risks in schools (August 2021)

guidance-icon-40x40.png Guidance from the Scottish Government for school age childcare services (August 2021)

guidance-icon-40x40.png Guidance from the Scottish Government to early learning and childcare (ELC) services - a checklist of mitigations for Level 0 and below (August 2021)

guidance-icon-40x40.png Guidance from the Scottish Government on testing for Covid-19, including who is eligible for a test, how to get tested and the different types of test available (9 August 2021)

advice-ico-40x40.png guidance-icon-40x40.png Advice and guidance from the Scottish Government on supporting children and young people with complex additional support needs (Jan 2021)

advice-ico-40x40.png guidance-icon-40x40.png  Advice and guidance from the Scottish Government to support the continued safe operation of Early Learning and Childcare settings (August 2021)

advice-ico-40x40.png  Advice from the Scottish Government on a whole school approach to mental health and wellbeing (August 2021)

guidance-icon-40x40.png Guidance from the Scottish Government on the safe implementation of practical activities in schools as young people return following the COVID-19 pandemic (August 2021)

guidance-icon-40x40.png  Guidance from the Scottish Government on reopening early learning and childcare services in Scotland (August 2021)

guidance-icon-40x40.png  Guidance from the Scottish Government for school age childcare services (August 2021)

advice-ico-40x40.png guidance-icon-40x40.png Advice and guidance from the Scottish Government on support to childcare sector (June 2021)

information-icon 40x40.png  Information from Education Scotland on supporting online learning

advice-ico-40x40.png  Advice and resources from the Children's Parliament for school staff to prepare for the return to school, (Aug 2020)

advice-ico-40x40.png  Advice and help from the NSPCC if you are worried a child may be struggling with their mental health or has anxiety

advice-ico-40x40.png  Advice and help from the NSPCC about keeping children safe online

guidance-icon-40x40.png  Guidance from the British Psychological Society on supporting care experienced children and young people 

information-icon 40x40.png  Information from Enquire on how the new coronavirus laws affect the education of children with additional support needs in Scotland

advice-ico-40x40.png  Advice from the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families on supporting vulnerable pupils and students during periods of disruption

Protecting children workforce

 

advice-ico-40x40.png guidance-icon-40x40.png information-icon 40x40.png Advice, guidance and information for the child protection workforce is available here

For care experienced children and young people

 

guidance-icon-40x40.png Guidance from the Scottish Government on getting tested in Scotland (August 2021)

guidance-icon-40x40.png Guidance from the Scottish Government on reducing the risks in schools (9 August 2021)

advice-ico-40x40.png  Advice helpline from Who Cares? Scotland open to Care Experienced people of any age across Scotland

advice-ico-40x40.png  Advice from the Children and Young People's Commissioner Scotland on your human rights

advice-ico-40x40.png  Advice from NSPCC to organisations about using social media safely with children and young people

information-icon 40x40.png  Information from Clan Childlaw on your rights and how the law affects them

advice-ico-40x40.png  Advice from the Scottish Throughcare and Aftercare Forum on benefits for young people