Dear Parent / Carer

We have recently received the information below from the Department for Education, regarding the Coronavirus.

Advice for parents/guardians

You should not be unduly worried about the possibility of your children catching the Coronavirus. There is no reason why your children should not continue to attend their early years, school or further education setting as normal.

We recognise that some families or children may be planning to travel to China during the forthcoming half term period. If so, please refer to the Foreign Office latest travel advice via the links below:

Latest information and advice can also be found at:

What action you can take

A UK wide campaign has been launched to provide clear advice on how to slow the spread of Coronavirus. Please help to support the campaign which promotes basic hygiene practices, such as regularly washing hands and always sneezing into a tissue, to stem the spread of viruses.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact the main reception.

Need-to-know: is my child ready to be left alone?

There is no legal age at which children may be left home alone, but parents can be prosecuted for neglect if it puts them at risk of injury or suffering.

This guide gives sound advice and useful tips to help parents decide in which situations they may leave their children home alone, and what they need to do to ensure their safety and wellbeing.

It explains the risks of leaving babies and younger children unattended, and provides helpful advice on what qualities and experience to look for when choosing a babysitter or appropriate childcare.

There is a quiz for parents and children which explores how the child feels about being left at home alone and what they might do in different scenarios, such as a power cut or if someone came to the door. Parents can fill in the ‘while I’m away’ pull-out with times and contact numbers and stick it on the fridge before they go out.

Also useful for any service or professional offering parenting advice to new parents and those caring for young children or teenagers.


Download Home alone: is my child ready to be left alone? (PDF)


Bea Kay
Safeguarding Children Advisor, Education
Quality Assurance & Involvement Service, People Portfolio
Further information at: Safeguarding Sheffield Children website

Dear Parent / Guardian,
Attitudes in the UK are changing positively towards organ donation in the adult population but we
have a long way to go in improving organ donation rates from children and young people, and in
doing so help save the lives of thousands of people waiting for an organ transplant.
In the UK, consent rates for children's organ donation are well below the national average for the
adult population, with less than 50% of families agreeing to their child becoming an organ donor
when approached at the end of their child’s life.
In 2017/18 when there were over 1500 organ donors, only 39 organ donors were aged 16 years or
younger. This is having a huge negative impact upon children in the UK waiting for a life saving
organ transplant where the wait for a new heart for example, means waiting 2-3 times longer than
an adult.
Legislative changes for organ donation in the UK will most likely have the greatest impact on donation from adults but in March 2019, NHS Blood & Transplant launched it's first ever children's
strategy to try and help bridge the gap between the successes seen in adult organ donation in
comparison to children.
By taking part in this anonymous survey, your answers will help our understanding of the challenges towards children donating their organs at the end of their lives, and help us to identify possible changes that we can make to improve this situation.
To take part in the survey, please use the following link -
Thank you again
Dr Simon Steel
Paediatric Intensive Care Consultant, Sheffield Children’s Hospital
Member of the Paediatric National Organ Donation Committee, NHS Blood & Transplant