Views sought on introducing a Protect Duty

1 March 2021

The Home Office has launched a public consultation into how a potential Protect Duty would make the public safer at publicly accessible locations such as sports stadiums, festivals, pubs, schools and places of worship.

Acas advice on getting coronavirus vaccines for work

1 March 2021

While many office-based workplaces have successfully adapted to homeworking during the pandemic, this has not always been possible and some employers have expressed a desire for their staff to be vaccinated as a workplace requirement.

Draft Early Years Foundation Stage framework published

25 February 2021

The Department for Education (DfE) has published a new draft Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) statutory framework and is asking for comments on minor changes relating to the welfare and safeguarding section.

All nurseries to receive Covid home testing kits

25 February 2021

The Department for Education (DfE) has confirmed that Covid home testing kits will be provided to all private, voluntary and independent (PVI) nurseries and pre-schools in England from 22 March.

All lockdown restrictions could be lifted by 21 June

22 February 2021

Arguing that it is impossible to totally eliminate the threat of Covid, Prime Minister Boris Johnson has set out his plan for lifting the current lockdown, balancing continued caution with the need to restore freedoms and boost the economy.

EU set to recognise UK data protection regime

22 February 2021

Despite the fact that its data protection rules largely mirrored the EU’s own General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), when the UK came out of the transition period on 1 January 2021, it was no longer recognised by the EU has having “adequacy” in this regard.

Partial return to schools in Wales

22 February 2021

Children aged between three and seven return to face-to-face teaching in Wales from Monday 22 February, mirroring similar provisions also being seen in Scotland.

DHSC reports good news from NHS Test and Trace

22 February 2021

According to the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC), NHS Test and Trace has maintained its strong start to the year, reaching more than 270,000 people in the latest reporting week with over 2.9 million people tested.

Confusion over vaccine priority for early years workers

19 February 2021

The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) has confirmed that the Covid vaccine appointment booking system has now been amended to reflect the fact that childcare and early years practitioners are not eligible for vaccination as part of the social care workforce unless they are caring for clinically extremely vulnerable children.