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    Hi! My child has been told to self isolate as someone in her form has tested positive for Covid. My child does not have any symptoms and is due to spend the next few days with her dad. However her dad is now saying that he can’t have her as she’s got to isolate and that he will get into trouble if he does have her, I’ve no idea what to do and I can’t seem to find any information anywhere! I can’t afford to be off work hut I also can’t leave my child home alone…can anyone offer any advice and also would my daughter still be able to go to her dads? TIA x

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    If she has been told to self isolate and you have to stay home with her you should be able to claim sick pay for the time you have off as you could say you have to self isolate too because of the situation, it’s not much but better than nothing, alternatively you could get her tested.

    If her dad hasn’t had any contact with her since she’s been told to self isolate then it makes sense for her to stay with you in case she has got it then she could theoretically also give it to him.  It’s a rubbish situation but I don’t think there is any sort of set rule for this.

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    I am in the same situation. My son has been told to self isolate because his teacher was positive and because he is only 8 I stayed at home to look after him. His dad can’t and don’t want to help.

    After one week of researching I can confirm that there is nothing for single parents like us.

    I can’t claim SSP for Covid-19 because I wasn’t in contact with positive and my son is not positive. I tested him. I can’t get sick note from GP for looking after him because he is not positive. I tried to claim the Test and Trace support but I have been declined because it is not for parents who are looking after children who has to self isolate but are not positive. So government expect us to stay at home for nothing and look after our children but there is nothing in place. I can’t even pay for baby sitter and go to work because of the self isolation rules. I have no family members nobody who can help me. The government has no money to help single parents but got enough money for social service to come to my house to check if my son is self isolating.

    Be prepared to use food banks if you struggle with food. Because this is the only help you might get. And God bless us. I have 3 children the age under 3. I can’t work from home and if I have to look after them when the school is not able to have them, I have no idea how I will manage.

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    I’ve just had this too, got paid this time under nhs policy but that’s a one time thing so I’ve no idea what to do when they close again which I’m sure they will x I will be on unpaid x

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    I am now in this situation.  We had agreed the Christmas holidays earlier in the year as per contact order.  However he is refusing to take the child this weekend which is his usual agreed weekend as per contact order as the child is isolating after a classmate has tested positive.  His Dad is also insisting that I give him additional days over the Christmas period to cover the weekend he has lost.  This means my plans are completely ruined (e.g. Skype with family members).  I have refused and he is demanding more days to cover.  I did find an article (extract below) which states it is a legal obligation and therefore he should go with him this weekend even if he is isolating or he should forfeit this time.


    Yes. There are a few exceptions to the rules, one of which is to fulfil a legal obligation. Therefore, if a child arrangement order states that the children should be with you, then this would fall into this exception.  In addition, the government has provided an express carve out for the children moving between separated homes for self-isolating so this is likely to apply in these circumstances too. However, if you begin showing symptoms or become ill, it may not be wise for your children to come and stay with you. You should discuss the situation open and honestly with the other parent, where possible.

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    Its your ex partners choice not to have his son this weekend so he unfortunately misses out. However this time certainly wouldnt have to be made up by yourself as its his choice not to have his usual weekend contact. Its also highly likely that your son does not have covid and has been sent home as a precaution.

    If you was refusing contact and dad wanted to see him maybe he could of asked for days to be made up but you are encouraging it

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    Hi, I have a child that needs to isolate until the 28th, due to a positive within their class.

    I have tested them today. Hoping for a negative result tomorrow.

    Am I still allowed to see my parents Christmas Day if they are my support bubble and they are also isolating (through choice).

    Obv we do not want to give it to them! And I can debate the ethics of that. But I really want a clear cut answer as to whether I can go?

    litterally don’t know how I’m going to get the food in. She’s 5 other is 6.

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