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14 May 2020

DfE publishes guidance on preventing and controlling infection in education, childcare and children’s social care settings, including the use of PPE

Introduced by

Department for Education

Targeted at

All staff in educational, childcare and children’s social care settings; children, young people and other learners; parents


Published on 14 May 2020

Stated aims

To work safely during the COVID-19 outbreak


This Department for Education (DfE) guidance explains the strategy for infection prevention and control, including the specific circumstances in which protective personal equipment (PPE) should be used. Regarding PPE it states (as at 14 May 2020): 'PPE is only needed in a very small number of cases: children, young people and learners whose care routinely already involves the use of PPE due to their intimate care needs should continue to receive their care in the same way. PPE should be worn if a distance of 2 metres cannot be maintained from any child, young person or other learner displaying COVID-19 symptoms. Education, childcare and children’s social care settings and providers should use their local supply chains to obtain PPE. Where this is not possible, and there is unmet urgent need for PPE in order to operate safely, they may approach their nearest local resilience forum.'


Gov.uk guidance