Schools for pupils with complex and profound disabilities.

I want to know how the government will support and safeguard pupils and all staff (teaching, support admin etc), who are in schools which provide provision for students with profound and multiple disabilities, where social distancing is impossible due to moving and handling, personal/intimate care, giving medication, violent incidents (including biting and spitting). Pupils who have severe and profound autism and challenging behaviours. There are often many adults in one room to support students and at least two adults when carrying out personal care. This environment is almost more like a care/medical environment, so what protections/safeguards will be put in place? And can guidance be issued for these specific types of settings for safe practicies and not just forgotten about.

Why the contribution is important

Safety of staff and pupils who are already vulnerable.

by Underhill on May 11, 2020 at 01:24PM

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  • Posted by polarbearmac May 11, 2020 at 15:10

    You make a very good point. Social distancing is impossible in many ASN schools and better consideration needs to be given to safeguards for staff and pupils in these environments.
    At the current time it is the very children you describe who are requiring the stability and consistency of school and due to the social distancing measures, cannot access school and are unlikely to be able to do so for the foreseeable future. This, in my experience, causes a greater risk that children will become accommodated by the local authority as families struggle to cope without their usual support networks.
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