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ADCS President Jenny Coles said:

“The children’s services workforce, including those working in education settings, front line social workers and staff in children’s homes have continued to support vulnerable children and families throughout the pandemic, either through virtual means or face-to-face contact in a safe environment. The support and care that all parts of the workforce provide is equally important in meeting children’s needs. The government must do all it can so that these essential workers, as well as foster carers, are protected as a matter of priority.

During the first national lockdown, we were able to adapt to different ways of working. Having improved access to PPE initially allowed us to resume home visits for the most vulnerable children, but the current lockdown and spread of the virus has understandably increased people’s anxieties. ADCS continues to urge government to include children’s services staff in its priority list for receiving access to appropriate testing and the vaccine. Despite the new and increased restrictions, many of our staff will remain on the front line providing vital support for those children and families that need it the most. It is essential that we can ensure their safety as quickly as possible.”


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