Infection control

Preventing the spread of infection

We take cleanliness and infection prevention very seriously, but need your help to minimise our infection rates. 
  • Hand washing – please use the hand rub dispensers at the entrance of every house to clean your hands on entering or leaving the houses
  • Infectious illnesses – If you have, or think you might have an infectious condition, please contact the relevant house before visiting. This is especially important if you have diarrhoea and or vomiting, chicken pox or measles, as these infections can pose a serious risk to our children and young people.


Highly contagious, norovirus is a common cause of outbreaks of diarrhoea and/or vomiting. It affects people of all ages and can be transmitted through water, food, air or person to person contact. It is sometimes called 'winter vomiting disease' because people usually get it during the winter months. However, it can occur at any time of the year. To reduce the risk of passing it on to others, wash your hands regularly with soap and warm water and do not come to The Children’s Trust until you’ve been clear of symptoms for 48 hours. If you are staying in our accommodation please let your child’s house know and do not visit until you’ve been clear of symptoms for 48 hours.

More information on norovirus

NHS Choices, the official website of the National Health Service, offers the following advice on dealing with the symptoms of the virus and preventing the infection spreading:
  • Try to eat foods that are easy to digest, such as soup, rice, pasta and bread. Babies should continue with their normal feeds
  • Drink plenty of fluids. This is particularly important for young children and the elderly, as they are more prone to dehydration. They will need urgent medical treatment if they start to show signs of dehydration such as thirst, dizziness, lightheadedness, headaches and dry mouth and lips
  • If you find it hard to keep down fluids, try to take small sips more frequently to keep hydrated.
Call NHS 111 or click here for further information.

Healthcare Acquired Infections

A healthcare acquired infection is an infection that a patient develops in hospital or healthcare environment.
  • These illnesses are caused by bacteria, such as Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA) and C. difficile
  • While many people carry these bacteria without feeling ill, they can cause problems for the children and young people at The Children’s Trust who may have spent long periods of time in hospital ill, injured or having surgery
  • We work hard to reduce the risk of infection occurring and spreading at The Children’s Trust. Please help us to do this by using the hand disinfectants as you enter and leave the houses.


If your child is in isolation with an illness that may be transmitted to other children, please follow the instructions of the nurses and carers on the house. It is important that you adhere to the isolation procedures to limit the spread of infection to other children and families. If you have any concerns ahead of visiting us please contact us here.

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