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 have worked and are now working;
- Technology we found 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, Facetime, WhatsApp, and Teams.
- Supervisions of both staff and carers were initially held via telephone communication or video conferencing however we have since been carrying out face to face supervisions.
- Initial Visits and Form F Process were carried out 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. This has since been updated and we have been carrying out the IV and Form F checks face to face.
- Work from home; we have been encouraging and supporting our staff to work at home and use digital communications. Staff are able to now make use of the office and face to face working is encouraged
- 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.
We follow the latest Government guidance issued for Step 4 of the roadmap on 19th July Offices, factories and labs – Working safely during coronavirus (COVID-19) – Guidance – GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)
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 and 9th September 2021
Please refer back for further updated information which will be in line with Public Health England and The Fostering Network