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Children: Coronavirus

Question for Department of Health and Social Care

UIN 120834, tabled on 25 November 2020

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if the Government will publish further guidance for joint-custody parents in the event that their child or children need to self-isolate due to a suspected or confirmed case of covid-19.

Answered on

11 December 2020

If a child has been instructed to self-isolate by NHS Test and Trace, their parents or guardians are responsible for ensuring they do so. Where possible, the parents or guardians should arrange for a child to remain at the same address during their period of self-isolation. There are a limited number of circumstances where an individual may leave self-isolation, including where there is a need to fulfil a legal obligation or it becomes impracticable to remain at the original address provided for self-isolation. These circumstances may apply where there are legal arrangements governing the time a child spends with each parent. We do not offer advice on specific circumstances as each scenario is different for every family.

Answered by

Department of Health and Social Care