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Face Coverings in relation to Children

City of York Children's Safeguarding Partnership (CYSCP) would like to highlight the importance to parent and carers of not using face coverings on children, particularly babies which has been highlighted in recent media platforms. The Lullaby Trust who raise awareness of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) and provides expert advice on safer sleep for babies are urged parents to avoid using face masks on babies and state “We are not aware of any advice for babies to wear masks, whether they are infected or not. There is a potential risk of suffocation and other hazards with doing this”.

From Friday 24th July compulsory face covering in shops will be enforced. The Government guidance states that ‘children under the age of 11 are exempt from wearing a face covering’.

For more information on the Government Guidance click here


For further government, local authority and general safeguarding advice for Professionals:

 Coronavirus Advice and Guidance for Professionals


We are facing an unprecedented situation and children and young people are understandably worried, as well as being vulnerable to other risks whilst they are not in the school environment.  


Coronavirus Advice and Guidance for Parents and Carers




Some things that happen in the world can make you feel scared, confused and unsafe.   Visit our Coronavirus Advice and Guidance for Children and Young Peoples page for help with protecting your mental health.


Coronavirus Advice and Guidance for Children and Young People