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Guidance: Health protection in children and young people settings, including education

This guidance has been updated to provide a practical guide for staff in children and young people settings, including education, those working in children and young people’s social care and across the secure estate, on managing a range of infections, and minimising disruption. This includes advice on managing coronavirus (COVID-19) and other infections. Further and higher education providers should also take note of this guidance.

Within the tools and resources, there is an exclusion table with guidance to indicate the time period an individual should not attend a setting to reduce the risk of transmission during the infectious stage.

While this guidance may be of use to all children and young people settings, it is recognised that there are some differences for residential children’s homes and secure settings, which means that aspects of this guidance may not be applicable. This guidance should be used alongside the emergency planning and response for education, childcare, and children’s social care settings published in April 2022.

This guidance is not intended to be used as a tool for the diagnosis of infections. The information is designed for use by staff members in children and young people settings (for example teachers, managers, teaching assistants, and cleaners) to prevent and respond to infection, incidents and outbreaks.

For additional information about what infections are and why they can be prevented, access the Preventing and managing infections in childcare and pre-school online course.

Children and young people settings: tools and resources

Learning resources: Prevention of infections in the school setting ebug 

The UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) recommends educating children and young people on hygiene, germs (microbes), vaccination, and antibiotics.

 A range of interactive lesson plans for ages 3 to 16 have been developed by UKHSA with teachers and are available for free at These are designed to promote healthy behaviours among students and provide additional support and guidance to educators, to contribute to the prevention of infections in the school setting.

Page last updated on June 9th, 2023 at 10:50am

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