Tests For Children & Young People
How To Get A Test For Your Child
It is important that a test is taken as soon as possible after COVID 19 symptoms appear.
Most children and young people can follow the same pathway to get a test as everyone else. This can be by booking a slot at a local test centre or by applying for a home test. You can organise your child’s test without seeking any extra advice. *Click here* to find out how to get a test.
This route will suit most children and families.
Some children and young people may be offered a test in a way that will suit their needs better. For example;
- Looked after children and some children supported by children’s services.
- Children and young people up to the age of 25 with special educational needs and disabilities who might need extra support to cope with the test.
- Children and young people aged 19 and under who are due to attend hospital for a pre-booked treatment.
- Children and young people aged 19 and under who have long term conditions or illnesses that might make them more vulnerable to COVID-19 (and sometimes their brothers and sisters).
This will be discussed with you (and sometimes other professionals involved in your child’s care) to assess the best way for your child to get a test. Most children under 16 years will need their parents to give consent for the test, unless it is felt the young person is fully able to understand and do so themselves.
- In some rare circumstances it may be decided that testing is not in the best interests of your child. This could be because of their particular set of physical and / or emotional challenges. The reasons for this will be discussed with you, and you will be given advice on self-isolation and reducing the risk of spreading the virus.
- If it is decided that your child can follow the usual pathway you will be able to get a test to carry out at home, or go to a test centre - *click here* to find out more. We have advice on completing a home test *here*.
- If it is decided your child’s test should be completed in the community they will be referred to the Community Testing Team.
- If your child is already cared for by the Children’s Community Nursing team they may complete the test on your child.
The people carrying out the test will be sensitive to your child’s worries and particular needs. Children / young people will not be forced to have a test if this causes distress.
You will be given the results by telephone by the community testing team. They will aim to be in touch within 72 hours of the test being taken.