We will respond to the COVID-19 virus with the health and wellbeing of our team and our service users as our first priority at all times. We will continue to update this page regularly as the situation progresses.
As of the 14th of November the UK Government have mandated that anybody working in a CQC regulated Social Care Facility must have two doses of the Covid-19 vaccine. This includes people directly employed by a CQC regulated Social Care Facility, volunteers, or any person that is paid to provide services directly within such a facility.
Over the weekend of the 26th of November, the UK government has raised concerns over an emerging situation with a new variant of Covid-19 that has mutated in South Africa. This variant that has been named Omicron has also been identified in other African nations, countries within the Europe, Hong-Kong, and Israel. As of Monday the 30th of November, 14 confirmed cases of the Omicron variant have been identified within the UK. This is a cause for concern as scientists will need to confirm the transmissibility of Omicron, how quickly this will spread, and how easily the new variant will evade the existing Covid-19 vaccines.
From 4am of Tuesday the 30th of November the UK government issued updated Covid-19 guidance. The aim of these new measures will be to minimise the spread of infection and to provide the scientists working on this time to establish the impact Omicron will have and if the Covid-19 vaccine will still provide the first line of defence.
From 4am the morning of the 30th of November the following changes have been introduced to the guidance that is being provided within England:
Surge PCR testing and enhanced contact tracing will take place where cases of the Omicron variant have been identified. The UK Health Security Agency is carrying out targeted testing in locations where the positive cases were likely to be infectious. Any individuals where there are confirmed cases of the new variant will be required to isolate and contacts identified through contact tracing will be required to isolate and test as necessary.
I Support Behaviour will be complying fully with the updates from November 2021. We continue to work face-to-face or to offer alternative means of accessing our service via remote technologies. The team from I Support Behaviour will confirm with a setting that they are accepting visitors before travelling to provide any face-to face contact.
We will continue to monitor the updates from the UK government and update our page here as required.
We will continue to provide our service face-to-face. Our team will confirm that the setting that we are working within is able to accept visitors and for us to maintain our face-to-face contact. We are able to complete Functional Behaviour Assessments, provide our direct input, and deliver training using alternative method including Teams, Zoom, and other virtual online services if this is required.
We have had discussions with senior colleagues at NHS England Transforming Care teams, who see our service as essential. Where we can no longer visit service users in person, we will continue to provide a full service via alternative channels. We are following the NHS recommendations for providing services remotely. Current Covid-19 guidance from the UK Government can be found here : https://www.gov.uk/guidance/covid-19-coronavirus-restrictions-what-you-can-and-cannot-do
Our team have the necessary equipment to continue to provide a full service remotely, including:
We update our Covid-19 risk assessment regularly in line with government guidance to reflect the current Covid-19 situation. Our team have had two Covid-19 vaccines and many have already have the third booster vaccine.
☑ Delivering training, supervision and guidance remotely if this is required
☑ Carrying out consultations, data reviews and analysis
☑ Writing reports and reviewing and updating support plans
☑ Replacing face-to-face sessions with video conference sessions with service users, service managers, support staff, families and carers via Teams, Zoom, or other preferred channels
☑ Supporting our service users to understand COVID-19 and their role in protecting themselves and others using personalised visual and multi-media resources where appropriate
We are also planning additional tools and services to support our service users and their families and carers over the coming weeks, including:
☑ Setting up an I Support Behaviour YouTube channel to deliver training and video blogs
☑ Developing our Facebook page and online resources to support families/services
☑ Using social media and finding new and creative ways to support service users remotely
We are continuing to accept new referrals. We are able to carry out assessments, develop support plans and train and support families, direct care support staff, and other services. We are able to complete our work face-to-face, online, or a combination of methods
If you would like to discuss a new referral please call us on 01923 693741 or
or email email@example.com
We can deliver training courses face-to-face or remotely via video conferencing to families, schools, residential support staff and any other services working to support people with autism, learning disabilities and behaviours that challenge. Our experienced team can develop a bespoke training programme to suit your audience via Teams, Zoom or your preferred video conferencing technology.
For more information about remote training options for your team please contact us on 01923 693741 or by email at: firstname.lastname@example.org
This is an overview of some of our actions that have been implemented to help protect our team and minimise the risk of spreading COVID-19:
We are publishing regular communications providing advice, recommendations and processes to reduce the risk of infection across our team, in line with the recommendations of the public health authorities and the World Health Organisation (WHO). Our staff assess themselves and their cohabiters daily for COVID-19 symptoms and will follow self-isolating and reporting processes if at risk.
To protect the welfare of our staff team and minimise person-to-person contact, we are restricting non-essential business travel.
The team at I Support Behaviour will carry out any duties associated with their work from home wherever this is possible. We are happy to provide our training or direct intervention face-to-face but other duties such as attendance at meetings or report writing will be completed from home. This guidance is being provided to the team at I Support Behaviour to minimise the need for any travel that may be seen as non-essential.
In line with government guidelines, we have identified team members who are classified as vulnerable due to pregnancy or an underlying health condition. Processes and provisions have been made to ensure vulnerable team members are supported.
We understand how confusing and frightening the coronavirus pandemic and the public reaction has been for some people with autism, learning disabilities and behaviours that challenge.
The following links and resources about COVID-19 may be helpful to people with autism, learning disabilities and behaviours that challenge and their families, carers and support teams:
☑ Dr Edwin Jones, Bild PBS Adviser, speaks about Positive Behaviour Support during the COVID-19 emergency: www.bild.org.uk/what-is-essential-care/
☑ Government advice to help adults with caring responsibilities look after the mental health and wellbeing of autistic children and young people: www.gov.uk/government/publications/
☑ Government guidance on social distancing, including easy-read guides on social distancing and staying at home: www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-guidance-on-social-distancing-and-for-vulnerable-people
☑ Autistica webpage about coping with the uncertainty of Coronavirus: www.autistica.org.uk/what-is-autism/coping-with-uncertainty
☑ National Autistic Society guidance on coronavirus and useful information: www.autism.org.uk/services/helplines/coronavirus.aspx
☑ Resources for Autism information and helpline: https://resourcesforautism.org.uk/covid-19-update/
☑ Peter Vermeulen’s tips to get through these difficult times if you have autism or if you are a parent of a child on the spectrum: https://petervermeulenblog.wordpress.com/2020/03/16/autism-and-the-corona-virus-20-tips/
☑ James Sinclair’s go-to guide for autism coronavirus support: https://autisticandunapologetic.com/2020/03/20/autism-covid-19-how-to-support-autistic-people-during-the-coronavirus-pandemic/
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