Advice on dealing with death across children’s services issued amid coronavirus (COVID-19)

Advice on dealing with death across children’s services issued amid coronavirus (COVID-19)

The Department for Education (DfE) has issued guidance for employers and children’s services providers on how to handle the death of a carer or colleague which is coronavirus (COVID-19) related. Employers are advised to take a number of steps which include: informing the DfE (though this is not a legal duty), contacting the family, telling others at work and reporting the death to the Health and Safety Executive within ten days of the death if it meets the criteria under the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 2013 (RIDDOR), SI 2013/1471. Failure to make a RIDDOR report is a criminal offence.

Employers and children’s services providers, including children’s social care workers, foster carers and education staff are encouraged to email CSCcovid.NOTIFICATIONS@education.gov.uk with the following details about the person who has died: 

• name

• job role

• employer

• local authorities which they worked in, if applicable

• date of death

• if coronavirus was confirmed or suspected

The DfE advises that employers tell the family, friends or colleagues of the person who has died that information about the deceased will be shared with the DfE.

Source: Steps to take following the death of a colleague in children’s services

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