As we all live and work in the third national lockdown our social care and school staff continue to work hard to support the children and young people, sometimes moving department to be where they are needed across the Foundation.

Once again staff who are clinically extremely vulnerable have been advised to shield; where they cannot work from home we are supporting them to do this. All front-line staff continue to wear PPE and we are carrying out regular on-site testing across the Foundation to keep the staff and children/young people safe.

Due to the increased transmission of the virus there have been more positive cases and where these occur we are following government guidance and supporting those who have to take time off sick or to self-isolate.

We continue to monitor the government COVID-19 guidelines and update staff as necessary to ensure everyone is kept up to date with recent developments and advice. In order to lower the risk of transmission our office staff are mainly working from home on a rota basis among their teams, using technology for video meetings and online training.

We have reviewed all our risk assessments to ensure the Foundation is as COVID-safe as it possibly can be, and when staff do come into the offices, we are maintaining social distancing, providing sanitiser and anti-bacterial sprays and wipes and ensuring communal areas are regularly wiped down to keep our staff safe.

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