Coronavirus with FCL

We understand that these times can be difficult for everyone, which is why we are working hard to support our staff and carers who wish to join or transfer to our agency.

Ways which we are working through the coronavirus pandemic;

  • Technology we are finding new ways to work remotely using technology and digital communications to ensure our high quality of support and care to staff and carers is not waivered
  • Recruitment of staff and foster carers will continue using social media and our website as a way of advertisements. We are able to conduct interviews via video conferencing technology to suit the needs of carers and staff.
  • Training we are working flexibly and creatively to ensure that staff and carers will continue to receive the necessary and relevant training. We are able to work online using technology such as Zoom/Skype/Facetime/WhatsApp/Teams etc to ensure interactive and engaging content continues. Click on the link to download your choice of communication; Zoom, Skype, FacetimeWhatsApp, and Teams.
  • Supervisions of both staff and carers will continue and will be held via telephone communication or video conferencing
  • Initial Visits and Form F Process will continue to resume via digital communication. For further guidance on this subject, The Fostering Network have outlined ways this can be done, please click here for further information.

Advice

  • Stay Home wherever possible; everyone must be encouraged to stay at home to reduce the transmission and risk 
  • Work from home; we have been encouraging and supporting our staff to work at home and use digital communications
  • Keep in contact with friends and family, your support network will still be there for you during these difficult times and it is essential to keep these relationships up
  • Be positive if you can, by engaging in home activities such as meditation, relaxation, yoga, reading a book and other activities which will help you relax 
  • Keep up to date with information the NHS are constantly updating their guidance, please self isolate if necessary. Further information can be found here. 

Where you can find guidance and support about covid-19

  • The Children’s Commissioner has provided a slideshow of information about what coronavirus is to aid understanding of the virus; what to do if children feel worried, how they might feel if they have it and many creative ways to keep busy. Click on this link to gain access and print to work on at home! 
  • The Great Wall of China! Wow you can enjoy this wonderful part of the world virtually from your own home – click this link.
  • Young Minds have an amazing website featuring lots of ways that young people can remain supported and avoid feelings of anxiousness, such as avoiding the news. Click this link to access information. 
  • Coronavirus A Book For Children Illustrated by Axel Scheffler can be found on this link here. 
  • Home Schooling can be challenging, especially when working with children of different ages. Any child with a social worker is able to continue going to school. If you have a child who is staying at home and you need some resources to support ‘at home education’ then you can find over 120 ideas if you click on this link
This webpage was last updated 13th May 2020

Please refer back for further updated information which will be in line with Public Health England and The Fostering Network

We have not taken our decisions lightly and want to return to our usual working conditions as soon as possible

For further information please do not hesitate to contact us on 0330 133 0706 or email Ray or Shirley at ray.porter@fcl.care or shirley.mcgaffin@fcl.care