How Covid rule changes affect child contact

Each time the rules change on isolation and other Covid precautions, Shared Parenting Scotland receives enquiries about how this affects children moving between households of separated parents.


If a parent or adult in the household they are currently in has tested positive before this date, children and young people under 18 years and 4 months should stay in isolation at home and not go to school or the household of their other parent


With effect from 6th January 2022, children and young people under 18 years and 4 months old no longer need to self-isolate if they’re a close contact of someone who tests positive. Instead they should take a Lateral Flow test every day for 7 days to make sure they don’t have the virus.

If they develop symptoms and are not already self-isolating after receiving a positive LFD test, they should get a PCR test.

  • If the PCR test is negative they can attend school and also move between households.
  • If children or young people have a positive PCR test they should remain in the home they are in and not go to school or move to their other parents’ household.

Further details about symptoms and self-isolation including when self-isolation can be ended after 7 days are here.  The Parent Club Scotland website also has useful information about Covid isolation and attending school.