Our social care and school staff have been designated as key workers and they truly are. We thank them for their dedication, for the tremendous work they are doing to ensure that services can continue where ever possible and for always putting the children and young people first.
To support staff required to shield, self isolate or who become sick, the changes to our sick leave policy will remain in place until the end of August. Our employee assistance programme through Lifeworks is available to all staff and to parents of those using our services.
We value all our staff and volunteers highly and their health and well-being is a priority. We are doing as much as we can to ensure their safety and well-being in these unprecedented and challenging times.
For those care and education staff on the front line, we are being guided by our NHS partners on measures to control infection, to keep the young people and staff safe.
At the height of the lockdown, only a very small number of essential office staff worked on site to support front line staff. Working at home where possible remains a key element of our precautions to keep young people and staff safe. However, as lockdown restrictions ease, we are taking measured steps to enable staff to return to the workplace to ensure efficient working and also to support colleagues’ mental health and wellbeing.
Following government guidance for businesses, our risk assessments have been extended and new arrangements put in place to enable safe working on site. Nevertheless, looking to the future, we expect working from home, usually on a rota basis, to be a permanent feature for staff who do not work on directly with children and young people, making use of technology for video meetings and on line training where necessary. We are building on current experiences to ensure staff can work from home efficiently and safely.