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Are Foster Children Still in School During the Coronavirus Shutdown?

During this time of change and chaos, it’s difficult to know what to do for the best as a foster carer. General guidance for children in the UK has been announced on the news and online recently. But what is the government advice for looked after children who are cared for by foster parents?

There’s so much confusion surrounding school closures during COVID-19. So we’ve decided to share the most up-to-date information and advice for foster carers at this time.  

Should foster children go to school during the Coronavirus schools closures? 

And how do you know whether or not your child should be going to school?

The government recently shared some guidance with regards to school closures and how this will affect vulnerable children in the UK. The report stated that children who meet any of the following criteria are eligible for school places during the Coronavirus shutdown. These include:


  • Vulnerable children (who have social workers). 
  • Those with EHC plans in place for educational, health and social care needs. 
  • Children looked after by local authorities (such as children currently in foster care). 


If you’re unsure as to whether or not you’re eligible for this provision get in contact with your local authority . If you’re also uncertain about how to access the available support services, they’ll be able to advise you further. 

Is it compulsory for fostered children to go to school?

Or can foster carers teach their children from home?

Vulnerable children (such as those looked after by fostered carers) are expected to attend school at this time. If you’re unsure as to whether or not you want your child to go to school,  discuss this with both their social worker and the school. 


The wellbeing of all vulnerable children will remain a priority at this time. Your local authority will be continuing to monitor the attendance of the child throughout this period. The school itself will also be required to check on the welfare of any vulnerable children who do not attend school on any given day. 


We hope this article has provided you a good understanding of whether or not foster children need to go to school during the coronavirus shutdown. You now will hopefully know what you can do as a foster carer to make sure you have access to the support and advice you need during this time.

We wish you the best of luck in the weeks and months ahead!

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