Our social care and school staff have been designated as key workers and they truly are. We thank them for their continued 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.
We have been pleased to welcome back the staff who were advised to shield and are offering appropriate support to anyone who has to self-isolate or who becomes sick. Our employee assistance programme through Lifeworks is available to all staff and to parents of those using our services and contains a lot of useful information which staff may find helpful. We continually monitor the government COVID-19 guidelines and update staff as necessary to ensure everyone is kept up to date with recent developments.
We value all our staff and volunteers highly and their health and well-being is a priority. We have risk assessed our workplace and those staff on the front line are wearing PPE at all times and PPE is now a requirement at all training sessions.
Many of our office staff continue to work from home, usually on a rota basis among their teams. When staff do come into the offices, we are maintaining social distancing, providing sanitiser and anti-bacterial sprays and wipes. We still expect working from home, on a rota basis, to be a permanent feature for staff who do not work directly with children and young people, making use of technology for video meetings and on line training where necessary.