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Letter to all care home staff from Jeane Freeman (Added 24 June)

The Cabinet Secretary for Health and Sport, Jeane Freeman, has issued the following letters to care home staff and care home managers regarding testing staff for Covid-19.

Enriched model of psychological needs (Added 23 June)           

Over the last few weeks, we have heard how the coronavirus pandemic is impacting the mental health of people who use care services, relatives and staff. By isolating or shielding in order to protect ourselves and others, we limit our opportunities to engage with people or activities that are important to us. This can undermine our psychological wellbeing and quality of life.

We have produced a poster which outlines the key elements of the ‘Enriched Model of Psychological Needs’. This can be used within care services to help staff consider what actions they could take to help promote better psychological outcomes for the people who use services, relatives, staff and themselves.  

COVID-19 guides for social service workers (Added 17 June)

The Scottish Social Services Council have produced a range of 'bite-size' resources to support those working in healthcare during COVID-19. 

There are currently 9 guides that range from "key measures for infection prevention and control" to "support with death, dying and bereavement." 

Staffing during the COVID-19 crisis (Added 16 April) 

We’re working with the Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC), the Scottish Government, COSLA and other partners to set up a system to help social care services recruit staff during this critical time. 

It’s important you remember to submit your RAG information to us. 

Social service staff are being added to the new SSSC recruitment portal daily and the SSSC will use this to assess services and match those in urgent need to care staff in your area. 

Find out more here. 

Scotland’s first Bereavement Charter for Children and Adults (added 15 April) 

The Charter together with Guidance notes and frequently asked questions (FAQs) contains 15 statements which describe what the best bereavement care and support should look like. It has been developed to support individuals and communities who struggle with the death of someone they know or someone in their community. 

 

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Adult and older people services 

Care home visiting from 3 July - FAQs

On 25 June the Scottish Government published guidance and a plan for the phased return to care home visiting, starting with outdoor visiting on 3 July.

FAQs are now also available through the link above to support these visits. The FAQs will be reviewed and updated as the phased return to visiting progresses.

Dementia care during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic (Added 22 May) 

We have published a new resource ‘Dementia care during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic’ for care services to support them when caring for people living with dementia.  

New palliative care toolkit includes section on care homes (Added 11 May) 

The Scottish Government has produced a palliative care toolkit for application during the COVID-19 outbreak. While it is primarily aimed at NHS Boards, it includes a section on care homes. The toolkit does not replace existing palliative care processes and guidance documents but offers a range of practical tools to strengthen any local response to theCOVID-19 pandemic.

COVID-19: updated information and guidance for care home settings (Updated 4 May) 

Health Protection Scotland have updated their COVID-19 information and guidance for care home settings. You can access this guidance here. 

COVID-19 Incident or outbreak control tool for social or community care or residential settings (Added 1 May) 

Health Protection Scotland have released a control measure tool for the control of incidents and outbreaks in Social or Community Care & Residential Settings, specific for COVID-19, and should be used accordingly, following the general advice provided in the guidance. 

Infection prevention and control COVID-19 outbreak checklist (Added 1 May) 

Health Protection Scotland have released an infection prevention and control COVID-19 outbreak checklist. The checklist is designed for the control of incidents and outbreak in healthcare settings and can be used within a COVID area when there is an individual case or multiple cases. 

Updated guidance for social or community care and residential settings (updated 22 April 2020) 

Health Protection Scotland have updated their COVID-19 guidance for social or community care and residential settings.

Updated guidance for social or community care and residential settings (updated 6 April 2020) 

Health Protection Scotland have updated their guidance for social or community care and residential settings to include information about personal protective equipment (PPE). 

 

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Children and young people services 

 Key question 7 for children and young people residential services (Added 6 July)

We have developed key question 7 for children and young people residential services.

Where there are concerns relating to COVID-19 in a residential childcare setting this key question is to be used as part of the scrutiny intervention.

Where there are concerns not relating to COVID-19, areas from the existing quality framework will be used as a basis of our scrutiny work.

School age childcare services reopening guidance (Added 6 July)

The Scottish Government has released new guidance to support planning for the wider reopening of school age childcare services in Phase 3 of Scotland’s Routemap.

The Scottish Government Early Learning and Childcare Directorate has issued a letter to all childcare providers detailing the guidance.

ELC reopening guidance update (Added 6 July)

The Scottish Government Early Learning and Childcare Directorate has issued a letter to all Early Learning and Childcare providers containing an update on reopening guidance.

ELC online sessions to support reopening (Added 6 July)

The Scottish Government and the Care Inspectorate are hosting a series of online support sessions on reopening guidance for the childcare sector.

The Scottish Government has issued a letter to all childcare providers detailing the sessions. 

Updated reopening guidance for childcare providers (Added 24 June)

Today the First Minister announced that subject to scientific and public health advice that all childcare providers will be able to reopen from 15 July 2020, if they wish to do so.

The Scottish Government Early Learning and Childcare Directorate has issued a letter to all childcare providers detailing what this means for them. 

Updated phase 1 guidance for fully outdoor childcare providers (Added 17 June)

The Scottish Government have released updated guidance for the reopening of fully outdoor childcare providers.

To support this a letter explaining the update has been issued by the Scottish Government Early Learning and Childcare Directorate. 

New guidance to support planning for wider reopening of ELC Services (Added 15 June)

Today the Scottish Government published new guidance for the safe reopening of early learning and childcare (ELC) services in Phase 3 of Scotland’s Routemap.

The Scottish Government Early Learning and Childcare Directorate has issued a letter to all childcare providers outlining what this guidance will 

ELC COVID-19 Update for June 2020 (Added 10 June) 

The Scottish Government has published the Early Learning and Childcare Covid-19 Update for June. This update provides guidance for childminder and childcare services who are considering reopening during phase 1 of the route map.

Childminder services guidance for phase 1 of route map (Added 2 June)

The Scottish Government has released guidance to support childminding settings closed during lockdown, to reopen during Phase 1 of the route map for recovery from COVID-19.

Physical distancing in education and childcare settings updated guidance (Added 20 May) 

The Scottish Government has released updated guidance on physical distancing in education and childcare settings.  

Outdoor play at emergency childcare settings (Added 21 April) 

The Scottish Government has published COVID-19 guidance on outdoor play for emergency childcare hubs

Supplementary national child protection guidance (Added 20 April) 

The Scottish Government has issued updated national child protection guidance. The supplementary guidance addresses a potential rise in caseloads due to the impact of coronavirus. 

Contingency foster care arrangements during Covid-19 (added 10 April 2020) 

We are aware that the Coronavirus outbreak is likely to have a significant impact on the demand for care services, including a rise in the number of children requiring to be placed in foster care arrangements. Due to the potential impact of COVID-19 on authorities placing children and availability of foster carers, authorities may wish to augment the number of placements available.

They could do this by using staff employed by them in a relevant professional capacity who are registered with a professional regulatory body to care for the young person in the staff member’s own home. In these situations, we would expect that the fostering agency satisfy themselves of certain aspects which we have outlined here. 

ELC COVID-19 Update for June 2020 (Added 10 June) 

The Scottish Government has published the Early Learning and Childcare Covid-19 Update for June. This update provides guidance for childminder and childcare services who are considering reopening during phase 1 of the route map.

Scottish Government supplementary national child protection guidance (31 March 2020) 

Scottish Government has written to key organisations with responsibilities around child protection to inform them of supplementary guidance now available to support them to carry out their duties during the COVID-19 emergency. 

Guidance from the Scottish Government for early learning and childcare services (updated 30 March 2020) 

The Scottish Government has issued guidance on the latest measures introduced the latest measures introduced to reduce the spread of COVID-19, which sets out the implications for childminding services in Scotland.

 Update following guidance for childminders (updated 26 March 2020) 

Following the distribution of the Scottish Government guidance which sets out the implications for childminding services on 25 March 2020, there has been a request for clarification in relation to the number of households childminders can support at any one time and over the week. 

In relation to this, the advice is that childminders should care for the children of no more than two households (in addition to the childminder’s own household) at any one time. Where childminders are working with more than two families over the course of the week, it is advised that they consider additional cleaning measures to reduce risk of transmission via surfaces and equipment. 

We hope this provides clarification to support childminders continue to provide that critical childcare during this period. 

Closure of schools and early learning and childcare settings (updated 23 March) 

The Deputy First Minister issued a letter on Thursday 19 March 2020 with an update on the closure of schools and early learning and childcare settings. 

The Scottish Government has also published further information:  

Staffing in services during coronavirus outbreak (updated 20 March) 

Child to adult ratios feature in our registration and inspection of early learning and childcare (ELC). However, for other service types, including care homes, the Care Inspectorate stopped issuing staffing schedules at the point of registering a service in 2018. Instead, we expect the staffing numbers, and skills and experience of staff to reflect the needs of people who use services.  

At this extremely challenging time, we will support all services in their need to apply flexibility and judgement around staffing to ensure the safety and wellbeing of people using the service. We recognise that services will need to be creative and make use of a wider range of resources. This could potentially include staff from other public services and volunteers. We recognise that this will mean services may not be able to undertake all normal recruitment checks as quickly and easily as they did before.  

However, during this period it is important that providers put in place structures to support and oversee staff in their role, including any volunteers and unregistered staff. The Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC) is responsible for registering the social care workforce. People can work in registrable roles for a period of 12 months without being registered, which enables services to adopt a flexible approach. 

You can view the SSSC Guidance here

This highlights the six-month period after starting work to obtain registration. This applies to: 

  • new staff you might recruit
  • workers covering other roles due to staff shortages
  • students who seek work to help with shortages

 

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