Closes 13 Nov 2020

Opened 18 Sep 2020


The Department of Health has led on the development of a Covid-19 Vulnerable Children and Young People's Plan, which has been produced on a cross-departmental basis with DfC, DE, DOJ and DfE.  Please click the link below to access the plan:

The plan has been developed in response to the challenges and risks facing children, young people and their families due to the Covid-19 pandemic.  It is intended to reflect a series of activities that will be, or have been, undertaken across the Executive to meet the needs of vulnerable children, young people and their families during this time and in the recovery period after.

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Why We Are Consulting

The Executive agreed to the publication of the Covid-19 Vulnerable Children and Young People's plan on 6 August 2020, subject to a targeted consultation to ensure the Plan:

  • reflects the activities that are being undertaken to support children and vulnerable families during Covid-19;
  • reflects how services have adapted and enhanced provision to continue to support children and families during Covid-19; and
  • includes new actions, which have been undertaken specifically to address some of lockdown's risks and challenges.

The Plan will help support the next steps in rebuilding services to meet the needs of vulnerable children and young people.

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