Coronavirus (COVID-19) Guidance and Update

Published: March 19, 2020

In light of the current situation regarding coronavirus please be assured that Harmeny Education Trust is closely monitoring the evolving situation and following all advice provided by:

  • The Scottish Government
  • NHS including the Lothian Health Protection Team
  • The Care Inspectorate
  • Education Scotland
  • Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator (OSCR)

A robust Action Plan is in place and being constantly reviewed and amended.

As a residential school and care home for vulnerable children and young people our priority is to ensure the health and wellbeing of those in our care and our key workers.



In order to try and protecct our children and staff we are closed to all non-essential visitors from 16 March 2020. Meetings outwith the school are also being cancelled or will be conducted in an alternative way such as via conference calls / video conferencing. These restrictions are in place until further notice and will be reviewed regularly in line with government guidance.

Essential meetings and visits will still take place that are required to ensure the necessary and immediate protection of children and young people, as well as staff. These will include urgent children’s review meetings, referral / placement / transition meetings, and legal meetings such as Children’s Hearings.

Deliveries of essential supplies will continue.

We ask that all essential visitors who may have had contact with a person who is experiencing symptoms of, or has been diagnosed with, coronavirus, or who are experiencing symptoms themselves, to not attend any meetings at Harmeny and follow NHS guidance.


Parents, carers and family members

We are asking all families and key professionals to contact us before planning any visits to ensure the wellbeing and support of the young people in our care.

From the 17 March 2020:

  • visitors are restricted to only those whose onsite presence is essential (see Visitors section above)
  • all visitors must confirm details of their visits prior to arriving at Harmeny

As an alternative to face to face contact Harmeny has several technology-based solutions that could be used to help maintain regular contact with a child or young person in our care. Please contact the Admin team on 0131 449 3938 or email to discuss the options available to you.


Learning for Life Appeal

We hugely appreciate the support of those who are currently fundraising for the Learning for Life Appeal. The Fundraising Team will be in touch with everyone who was due to take part in large third-party events such as The Edinburgh Marathon, The Beast Race and Glasgow / Aberdeen Kiltwalks.

Regrettably other events related to the Appeal which were due to take place in April, May and June have been postponed and the team will be in contact with all participants with updates.

If you would like further advice about a fundraising activity you are undertaking or planning in aid of the Learning for Life Appeal please contact or 07766 500 295.


We hugely appreciate all your support and understanding in this challenging time.


Updated 26 March 2020