Ian Keating updated
the board to the work that lead members and officers have been
doing since Covid-19 became a local government crisis.
Officers gave the
- Early Providers have
really struggled financially during COVID-19.
- Accessing wrap around
care is an ongoing issue for parents.
- Concerns about
children catching up on the missed curriculum, while ensuring
teachers are feeling the increased pressure of catching pupils
- School transport will
be a challenge during the easing of the lockdown and older children
using public transport to get to school.
- Free school meals not
continuing over the summer would be a crisis for vulnerable
- Safety in schools is
a concern with teachers and parents raising these issues
- The LGA is
commissioning a piece of work around collecting the voice of
children and their experiences during Covid-19.
- Reducing referrals to
children’s social care, and numbers of children coming into
care of the council, during Covid-19 is a concern.
- Pressures on the
workforce in Social Care the longer the crisis goes on is an
ongoing concern of councils.
We have managed to secure agreement from the NHS
that health visitors and school nurses should be returned from
redeployment to their original roles. However, we know that some
redeployment remains and are working to support local authorities
with this. In the future all redeployment decisions should be
agreed by Directors of Public Health, as agreed by NHS
On this basis local authorities are expected to
start phasing back healthy child programme visits and development
checks. Priority for home visits should still be given to new birth
visits and those families thought to be
NHS E and are leading the childhood immunisation
plan and we know there will be a major catch up programme from
especially for school aged children from September. We are working
to ensure local authorities are consulted in the plans.
- A successful webinar
on peer power and youth justice was held, highlighting how we hear
the voice of the child. More will be organised as the crisis
- Understanding the
mental health of the whole family when dealing with mental health
- There is an increase
in child anxiety and depression, leading to a higher risk of
Members had the
- Wrap around care
provision is a massive problem with key workers who used to get the
care for their dependents but no longer can access it. While it is
reassuring the LGA is taking up this issue, but the pressure needs
to be kept up.
- Teacher safety in
schools is an issue that needs addressing as the lockdown is
- Schools ensuring
their pupils can work online during the lockdown has come at a
massive cost to schools and they will need urgent financial
- Outdoor study maybe
critical in the summer months for safety of all staff and
- Student emotional
wellbeing is declining with students who have little outdoor space
or other siblings at home to interact with.
- SEND support has been
a board priority and needs to be adapted to the new climate around
- The voice of the
child needs to be centred in the work of this board.
- Authorities and
schools should be thanked for their hard work during this crisis.
Schools never closed, they were always supporting key worker
- School is about much
more than education, it is also about the health and wellbeing of
the children. The health of the whole family doesn’t seem to
have had much thought in COVID-19 preparations.
- Growing inequalities
around children who have English as a second language will only
have gotten worse being outside of formal education. BME
communities have been hit the hardest in this crisis.
- The demand in social
care referrals when lockdown is eased will be an issue for
councils. Whole Council Budgets need
support. MHCLG need to fund Councils as promised so that we can
cover all costs and not cut back in crucial areas.
- A lot of good
practice has been developed across this crisis and needs to be
collected by the LGA for the whole sector.
Members noted the
A report on
children’s health issues, pulling together all known concerns
during lockdown to be drafted by officers.