Guidance for children's social care - Coronavirus

Follow the latest updates from Children First Northamptonshire on changes to services due to the Covid-19 Coronavirus situation.

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) guidance

For PPE guidance, check our guidance for adult care providers page.

Safeguarding concerns

If you need support with reporting concerns for a child’s welfare, or you need advice about how to make an appropriate referral, please contact Early Help Support or the MASH.

Supporting vulnerable children

See guidance for all schools about the multi-agency response to vulnerable children during the COVID-19 partial closure of education settings on the schools coronavirus guidance page.

Support for providers

Direct Payments

Non-Residential Short Breaks

Short breaks support children and young people who are disabled and/or who have Special Educational Needs. These services are being cancelled due to the Coronavirus outbreak.

Telephone support is available. For more information:

Sleep Service

The Sleep Service has cancelled all clinics and introductory sessions but is continuing the service through telephone contact sessions. This service, provided by Scope, works with families and practitioners to identify and address sleep disorders for children and young people (aged 2-19) and their families.

Further details are available on the Local Offer.

Residential Short Breaks

John Greenwood Shipman House and Squirrels are continuing to offer residential short breaks services for those children who are not in isolation. This specialist service provides a structured environment and nursing care and is accessed only via a social work assessment and sometimes a Continuing Health Care Assessment.

Family support through agency care or Direct Payments can be arranged by the Disabled Children’s team for children known to the team. For further information contact your Social Worker in the Disabled Children’s Team directly.

Request help and support – Coronavirus

If you are self-isolating in Northamptonshire and need help, find out how to request support.

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