Lateral flow testing kits for coronavirus – for parents.

Lateral flow device testing (LFD/LFT) is a fast and simple way to test people who do not have symptoms of coronavirus, but who may still be spreading the virus.

Lateral flow tests should not be used by anyone who has coronavirus symptoms. If anyone in your household has coronavirus symptoms they should get a PCR test to check if you have coronavirus or by ringing 119.

If you have been advised by your child’s school or childcare setting that your child has been identified as a close contact of a positive coronavirus case they must isolate for 10 days, and it is a legal requirement to follow the advice given by the school or childcare setting. 

If your child is isolating because they have been identified as a close contact of someone with coronavirus they cannot return to the school or childcare setting before the end of the 10 day isolation period.  They should not take LFD tests during the isolation period.  If your child displays any symptoms during their isolation period they should get a PCR test.

Lateral flow test kits must only be used by the person they were issued to. If you have a child in secondary school who is testing themselves at home these tests must not be used by anyone else in the household e.g. a sibling or parent.  Similarly, if you have access to lateral flow tests through your workplace you should not use these to test your children at home.

Primary school children are not being tested at school.   Public Health would advise that primary school children should only get tested if they display symptoms and this should be through a PCR test.