LFF's response to Covid-19
We know that the Covid-19 pandemic has meant the work we do to prevent child sexual abuse is needed now more than ever and we are doing all we can to continue our work whilst responding to the challenges that the coronavirus creates. In carrying out our vital role our priority remains the health and safety of our staff and beneficiaries.
We continue to follow Government and local lockdown guidance and have implemented Covid-19 safe measures across all our sites and activities. Below is a summary of measures we have taken to reduce the risk of transmission and maximise safety.
From 17th August (24th for Edinburgh) 2020 we have reopened our sites and are proceeding at a measured and steady pace in re-establishing office routines, having carried out significant preparations in advance. We are operating a mixed economy of some office and some home-based working and will keep reviewing this position. Across all our sites and activities we:
- have carried out full risk assessments of sites and made them available to our teams
- have carried out individual risk assessments across our staff group
- facilitated working from home, providing the right technology and guidance to do so safely
- equipped our helpline operators to work from home
- implemented cleaning, handwashing and hygiene measures including the installation of sanitiser stations and the reconfiguration of office facilities. This is in addition to more intensive daily cleans provided by our local cleaning companies
- marked out the office with guidance tape measuring two metre distances
- displayed signage for staff and visitors to remind them of our Covid 19 safe rules
- implemented staff rotas to manage staff numbers and facilitate social distancing
- created office guides for our staff so they are clear how to operate safely within our buildings
- created guides/advance information for visitors to our sites
- retained a presumption of remote delivery where both feasible and effective
- risk assessed any face-to-face client contact with a Plexiglas screen being utilised alongside our other Covid-19 safe measures
- established safe processes for staff and visitors at each site
- established a signed off risk assessment process for staff delivery at external venues
- maintain a central database of guidance, risk assessments and templates available to our teams
We would like to thank all our supporters, beneficiaries and staff members for their flexibility, patience and understanding as we navigate through this pandemic. We remain committed to working tirelessly and safely to prevent child sexual abuse and reaching those that need us.
LFF - 15th September 2020
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