Introduction to New Guidance for Schools and Educational Settings

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Introduction to New Guidance for Schools and Educational Settings

From the 1st of September 2021 new guidance will take effect.

This guidance has been published by the Department of Education for all School and Educational Settings in Northern Ireland. As Youth Services is deemed an Educational Setting in Legislation particular to the Coronavirus Act 2020, this guidance also applies to Youth Work Settings and Replaces previous Youth Restart Guidance.

Last updated: 26/11/2021

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Introduction to Residential Overnight Stay Guidance Updated Nov 2021

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The Education Authority Youth Service continues to provide essential services to children and young people in line with its statutory obligations. A key element of this relates to residential overnight stays and international visits.

Previously the Education Authority Youth Service provided guidance on these that outlined a progressive return to full provision in terms of numbers of groups and numbers of participants who could attend.

In light of the current context of increasing COVID 19 positive cases the Education Authority Youth Service have decided to postpone the transition to Step 2 to a later date when it is hoped that the situation will be more conducive to delivering youth work outcomes safely in those settings.

The new proposed dates are as follows:

*Indicative date to commence subject to PHA advice
Permissible Delivery
Step 1.  A maximum of 35 participants permitted for overnight stays from a single visiting group/school (see also section 2)
Duration 4 weeks From 1/11/2021
Permissible Delivery
Step 2. A maximum of 60 participants permitted for overnight stays from up to 3 visiting groups (see also section 2)
Duration 8 weeks From 10/01/2022*
Permissible Delivery
Step. 3 Return to normal operation delivered in line with at the time PHA guidance, including test trace and protect  From 14/02/2022*

Full Guidance is here