CEO Update 27th March 2020
Whilst we have known it for a long time, it is with great relief that we finally see society recognising social care workers as critical key workers. The Government guidance is clear that Autism at Kingwood employees, regardless as to their role, are on the list of essential workers and as such their children are able to attend school, they have access to some shops at reserved times of the day and they are allowed greater freedom of movement to get to work.
However, this does not detract from the necessity to protect ourselves and each other through social distancing wherever that is possible. We have a steady supply of PPE such as gloves, aprons and masks coming through for when they are needed and it is important that they are not used until they are needed.
As of 27th March we have had 30 staff self-isolating and no confirmed cases for either employees or people we support. We hope and pray that this remains as positive throughout the coming weeks.
But we are prepared as much as is possible; we have emergency plans in place for people we support prioritising those who are most in need. Whilst we really do recognise how all of the support we provide is valuable, if our support staff are unable to work we will need to focus on keeping the most vulnerable people safe. We are asking families and relatives to work with us; to support us by maintaining the social distancing rules and not visiting unless the situation is critical and their help is needed to provide essential support.
When we have got through these challenging times, and we will, please be assured that I will work hard to make sure society remembers how critical social care workers, our autism support workers, are.