Boroughs have praised the ‘superstars’ in London schools, early years services, and social work teams supporting vulnerable children during the coronavirus emergency.
London Councils, the cross-party group for local government in the capital, highlights how schools and children’s services have rapidly adapted to the challenges posed by Covid-19 and maintained support for those most in need.
Schools and early years childcare providers have played a crucial role in London’s response to the pandemic by staying open for the children of key workers – including doctors and nurses, police officers, and council staff in vital frontline services.
Children with education health and care plans for their special needs are also eligible to stay in school – and special schools have remained open if it has been judged safe to do so and if there is demand.
Less visibly, London social workers are keeping up face-to-face contact with vulnerable children in critical cases. Support is prioritised for those with the most significant safeguarding needs, with borough social care teams providing ongoing protective support.
Cllr Elizabeth Campbell, London Councils’ Executive Member for Schools and Children’s Services, said: “Boroughs are incredibly grateful to everyone in London’s schools, early years services, and social care teams supporting vulnerable children in the face of the coronavirus outbreak.
“Although the last few weeks have been hugely difficult and we continue to face momentous challenges, staff have worked flexibly and with great commitment to keep services running for vulnerable children.
“We’re lucky to have so many superstars working in schools and children’s services across the capital.”