CALA weekly information round-up – 13th – 17th April 2020


Here at CALA we are continuing to work hard to find new ways of working to ensure where possible, we continue to meet the needs of our members, families, and children during this ongoing period of change and uncertainty.

Most of the CALA team are currently working from home including our office teams in Inverness and Dingwall who are doing an amazing job of keeping up with ‘business’ as usual for us.

Some of CALA ‘s settings continue to open providing essential quality childcare for the children of frontline staff.

Our Direct Services, Family Services and Learning and Quality teams have been collaborating on a range of tasks including populating our dedicated ‘Family Information and Support’ pages on our website and delivering virtual continuous professional development sessions.

We are seeing a significant increase in numbers of learners accessing our e-learning, A big THANK YOU to the 927 users who have accessed our free Child Protection related e-modules since the 1st of April, and are helping to keep our children safe.

Through our social media, blog and membership services we continue to try and take some of the leg work out of sourcing through the increasing raft of information and guidance to select the most important information that we feel will be useful to share.

We would like to use this opportunity to thank all our members, staff, families and partners for their continued support. Please keep talking to us, let us know what and where advice or support is needed. We can’t promise to always be in a position to help, however, we will always listen and where possible signpost you to information or services who may be able to help.

News from Care Inspectorate

  1. Care Inspectorate announced Scotland’s first Bereavement Charter for Children and Adults:

“The Charter, together with Guidance notes and frequently asked questions (FAQs) contains 15 statements that 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.

Today, the need for such a Charter has become even more important due to the unique circumstances we currently find ourselves in as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. People who are bereaved may not have been able to be with a person as they approach the end of their life and may be isolated from their usual networks of support. It has also changed the traditional ways we are able to mark our grief. Traditional bereavement rituals and funerals have changed with many people now unable to attend funerals in the way that they might have in the past. Many deaths have become sudden, with little or no time to prepare.

Every death is unique and the way we each come to terms with a death is individual. this Charter and Guidance attempts to describe what good bereavement support can look like and what difference it can make. #becausegriefmatters

  1. COVID-19: revised personal protective equipment guidance (PPE)

“Health Protection Scotland has published revised guidance on the use of use of personal protective equipment (PPE) by health and social care workers. You can download the guidance by clicking here

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