By now, the term ‘Remote Working’ has become commonplace throughout the UK. It seems almost strange to think that only a month ago, our working habits were drastically different to what they are now. I’m sure most of us have already worked out the many benefits there are when it comes to working from home and are working hard to balance home working, home schooling (if you have children) and rest. Despite this though there are some things that are good to keep in mind when it comes to your daily work routine.
Why it’s Important
It’s not clear when the COVID-19 restrictions will be lifted, but it’s likely that they will continue for some time. Students may be learning at home for many more weeks, remotely from the professionals that work with them. We’ve become aware of a growing sense of miss-information about what is and isn’t good practice.
Most importantly, these are extraordinary circumstances and therefore it’s even more important to follow the safeguarding policies you have in place for children, young people and for staff. Just because you are working from home, doesn’t mean these policies should be relaxed.
Your understanding of the child may change if you’re suddenly not seeing them regularly and a video discloses more about their home life than you previously knew. Make sure your safeguarding policies are robust enough for this situation.
What is available?
We have put together a helpful resource that outlines the key points to remember when it comes to remote working. This also includes knowledge on communicating with your colleagues as well as working with students, making sure safeguards are considered not to mention what to do when it comes to data protection.